Distinguished Young Women OF Charleston 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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Maya Johnson
Distinguished Young Woman of Charleston County for 2023
Local Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

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$TBA for Preliminaries on Date and Time TBA
$TBA for Finals on Date and Time TBA

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 of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Charleston County

Maya Johnson
University PreferenceSyracuse University
Career GoalSoftware Developer

2024 Local Participants

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


2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Charleston County

Maya Johnson

University Preference
Syracuse University

Career Goal
Software Developer

National Computer Science Honor Society National Chinese Honor Society National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) NCWIT South Carolina Affiliate Honorable Mention 2021 NCWIT National Honorable Mention 2022 NCWIT South Carolina Winner 2022 Syracuse Pre-College IT Enrichment Program AcceptanceHonor Roll Student

Girls who Code for four yearsYearbook Committee Photographer and EditorStudent Council Representative for 3 Years Chinese Club for four yearsMoxie Club (Founder & President)Freshman Peer Leader

Elderly Friendships Bouquets of CheerBicycles for Humanity

2024 Local Participants

Keren Collins
CityNorth Charleston
University PreferenceNot yet assessed
Career GoalPsychologist And Bussinesswoman
Elizabeth Compton
University PreferenceWashington University in Saint Louis
Career GoalPreservationist/ Historical Architect
Jen Fermo
CityMount Pleasant
University PreferenceWake Forest
Career GoalPhysician With A Dermatology Specialty
Sayde Handegan
CityMt. Pleasant
University PreferenceNew York University
Career GoalPerforming In Professional Theatre
Ashanti Ray
CityNorth Charleston
University PreferenceHarvard
Career GoalLawyer,Fbi Agent, Entrepreneur, And President
Pagelyn Smalls
University PreferenceUSC, UNC, NYU, CSU
Career GoalEducation, Entrepreneurship, Law, Social Justice
TalentMusical Instrument Selection
Parker Ussery
CityMt. Pleasant
University PreferenceFordham University
Career GoalLawyer
TalentPoetry Reading
Noa Wallen
CityMt. Pleasant
University PreferenceDuke University
Career Goal
TalentPlaying Guitar And Singing
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