Distinguished Young Women OF Pennsylvania

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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Allison Ross
Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2025 applications are now open!

Please note the participation deadline has passed for seniors graduating in the class of 2024.

Life-Changing Experience

College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your junior year of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania

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Allison Ross
FromNew Castle
University PreferenceThe University of Alabama
Career GoalAttorney

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania

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Allison Ross
New Castle

University Preference
The University of Alabama

Career Goal

National Honors Society President , High Honor Recipient, Peer Leadership, 3-time First Place Impromptu speech, 2nd Place Duo Impromptu speech, 1st and 2nd place Extemporaneous Speech, 2-time WPIAL 1A Varsity Softball Champion, Youth National Travel Softball Champion, and Steelers STEM finalist, PIAA 1A Softball State Runner-up

Varsity softball, Travel softball, Varsity Volleyball, Travel volleyball Captain, Tech club, Entrepreneurship Club Founder and President , Social Media club, Journalism club, Forensics Public Speaking club Captain, Peer Leadership, National Honors Society President , Teenetes Club, and Steelers STEM Presenter, Rotary Youth Leadership Award selected participant

STEAM Week Staff/Helper, Wrapping Christmas gifts at local Crisis Shelter, Singing at The Confluence, Wrapping Easter Baskets for families at Union Elementary, Thanksgiving food drive, Program partnership with the Girl Scouts of America in Western Pennsylvania

2024 State Participants

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Meghan Bencic
CitySlippery Rock
University PreferenceThe University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Career GoalPhysical Therapy
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Namya Jindal
University PreferenceBrown University
Career GoalPhysician Neurologist
TalentBharatnatyam Indian Classical Dance
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Skye Lanham
CityBeaver Falls
University PreferenceIthaca College, University of Maryland, Duquesne
Career GoalMusic Educator Or Entertainment Lawyer
TalentSinging And Playing The Piano
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Kari Ann Leventopoulos
University PreferencePenn State Schreyer Honors College
Career GoalMedical Doctor
TalentVocal Performance
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Anne Nelson
University PreferenceVillanova University
Career GoalWork In The Medical Field
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Allison Ross
CityNew Castle
University PreferenceThe University of Alabama
Career GoalAttorney
TalentVocal Presentation
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Amara Stewart
University PreferenceElizabethtown College
Career GoalSecondary English Teacher And Author
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Kelsey Stover
University PreferencePoint Park University
Career GoalProfessional Dancer
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