Throughout the program’s history, Distinguished Young Women participants have been evaluated in these categories.
Participants are evaluated on their academic record, standardized test scores and academic extracurriculars.
Participants take part in a 10-minute interview with our panel of judges.
Each participant has 90 seconds to share a passion of theirs through a performing art or presentation.
Participants have the opportunity to express their views through response to relevant topics.
Participants demonstrate their overall physical well-being during a group fitness routine.
Class of 1997
Like many working-class families, the practicalities of how my family would afford college were elusive. Were it not for the generosity of the Distinguished Young Women scholarship fund, my journey as a lifetime learner may have never taken flight.
Class of 1995
I truly believe that when I get up to present to the CEO of my hospital, that I have an element of confidence that stems back to DYW. The program’s influence is written throughout the pages of my journey to where I am today.
Class of 2019
The longest-lasting impact that I have taken from DYW has been the values of the program exhibited through the passion and sacrifice of the volunteers who, year after year, give up weeks and months of their lives to ensure the two weeks of Nationals are flawless. The DYW spirit is deeply rooted within my commitment to community and focus on long-term impact that guides my daily decisions.
Class of 1971
DYW was a grand adventure with the life-changing gift of scholarship dollars for college. The program widened my horizons and boosted my self-confidence. My world got bigger through this program. What a gift that was at age 17.
Class of 2019
The impact of Distinguished Young Women has been life changing. Due to the full-tuition scholarship I received, I can spend my time volunteering and being active on campus instead of working. I have gained irreplaceable lessons and life skills. I have been given the confidence to wholeheartedly pursue my career. And I have been blessed with lifelong friendships, mentors and role models. Thank you DYW for continuing to invest in my future and the futures of all women across the country.