Distinguished Young Women OF Wake County

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Diksha Krishnaswamy
Distinguished Young Woman of Wake County for 2024
Local Program Information

Class of 2025 Program Dates

April 12, 2024 - Last Day to Submit Application
April 14, 2024 - First Rehearsal and Photoshoot*
May 5, 2024 - Rehearsal
May 18, 2024 - Rehearsal
June 2, 2024 - All Forms Due! Rehearsal & Outing at Triangle Rock Club
June 23, 2024 - Rehearsal
July 14, 2024 - Dress Rehearsal*
July 21, 2024 - Showcase on Zoom!

All dates are tentative and subject to change.
All dates are Sundays and we meet at 2:00 PM.
Any date with a star next to it is MANDATORY

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Life-Changing Experience


College cash scholarships are awarded at the local level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The Wake County representative will advance to the state program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

Total Cash Scholarships Awarded to Young Women in Wake County Since 2010

Over $25,000!!

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Wake County

2025 Local Participants

These participants will take part in the up-coming local program.


2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Wake County

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Diksha Krishnaswamy

University Preference
UNC Chapel Hill

Career Goal

Article feature by NC State Poole College of Management about Psychology researchFBLA Healthcare Administration State Finalist Science National Honor Society "Outreach Manager" Appointed delegate to American Junior Academy of Science conference1st place NC Student Academy of Science States Behavioral Science2nd place Battle of the Books Regionals3rd place NC Science and Engineering Fair Regionals Biological ScienceNational Security Language Initiative for Youth SemifinalistUNC Charlotte Levine Scholar FinalistNC Museum of Natural Sciences Knowledge Award

Wake County EMS CadetOptometric Medical ScribeBreast Cancer Research at UNC Chapel HillLayers of Dignity Nonprofit InternPsychology and Data Analysis Research at NC StateGender Equality and Leadership President "hosted Wake County Young Women's Summit"Battle of the Books PresidentFuture Women in Medicine Volunteer CommitteeOdyssey of the Mind Future Business Leaders of America Healthcare Administration competitive event

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Junior InterpreterLayers of Dignity Nonprofit Operations InternVolunteer Bharatanatyam Dance TeacherBattle of the Books - Founded Book Buddy Initiative Mentoring ProgramFuture Women in Medicine Volunteer Committee

2025 Local Participants

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Allie Frerking
University PreferenceBelmont
Career GoalMusical Theatre Actress
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Pihu Mankad
University PreferenceUNC Chapel Hill
Career GoalPhysician's Assistant
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Briley Shreve
University PreferenceUniversity of North Carolina
Career GoalInterior Architecture
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