Get Involved With the DYW Program.

Make an impact in the lives of thousands of outstanding young women across the country through a donation, sponsorship, or by volunteering to mentor young women in your community.


Join The DYW Mission.

Distinguished Young Women is a non-profit organization supported by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Sponsorship contributions help in providing high school girls with college scholarship opportunities and a unique experience that promotes excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership and talent.

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The True Heart of DYW.

Our Volunteers

More than 400 state and local programs can be found across the country. Each of these programs is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that the young women in their communities enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the Distinguished Young Women program. To find the program closest to you, click here to search by state and send an email to the chairman.

At the national level, more than 200 volunteers come together to oversee the national organization, administer the scholarship foundation and produce the annual National Finals.

Our volunteers are the life blood of the program and make our impact possible every day of the year.


Decades of Impact

Ty Williams-Reed

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.

Alyssa Stephany

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.

Mina Liang

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.

Robin Black

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.

Rachel Brady

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.