On Saturday, June 25, Tara Moore of Easley, S.C. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2016 and presented with a cash scholarship of $40,000 at the conclusion of the 59th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala.
Moore earned preliminary scholarship awards in the fitness, interview, talent and self expression categories as well as a $2,500 cash scholarship for being chosen as one of the 10 finalists, totaling $7,000 in additional cash scholarships. Moore amassed a total of $55,300 in cash scholarships through her participation in the Distinguished Young Women program at the local, state and national levels.
Following a selection process that began in her home state of S.C., Moore traveled to Mobile, Ala. along with 50 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the 59th annual national competition.
In addition to serving as the national representative of Distinguished Young Women for the next year, Moore will attend Clemson University and plans to become a pediatric physical therapist.
Moore attended Powdersville High School in Greenville, S.C. She is the daughter of Patty and Robert Moore.
Other participants receiving top awards in the 2016 Distinguished Young Women National Finals includes Madeleine Arnold of Highland, Utah (First Runner Up) and Anna Daniels of Madison, Miss. (Second Runner Up).
About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 59 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 745,000 young women. Distinguished Young Women has provided more than $104 million in cash scholarships and $1.1 billion college granted scholarship opportunities annually to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.
The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include Mobile County, City of Mobile, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Encore Rehabilitation, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Regions Financial Corporation, Evonik and Alabama Media Group.