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  • Distinguished Young Women is the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school girls. Scholarships are available in two ways: cash tuition scholarships (which can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning) and college-granted scholarships (over 100 colleges and universities offer scholarships to program participants ). Scholarships are available in two ways: cash tuition scholarships (which can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning) and college-granted scholarships (over 100 colleges and universities offer scholarships to program participants – several scholarships are available just for taking part in a local or state program!)

    Applicants must be female high school juniors or seniors, U.S. citizens, and legal residents of the county and state of competition. Participants are evaluated on scholastic achievement, interview, talent, fitness, and public speaking. Before you apply, be aware that in order to qualify for or win any of the scholarships offered by Distinguished Young Women, you must participate in a program. This includes attending a rehearsal(s) and being a part of an on-stage performance. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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trinity j  on 1/18/2021 1:59:35 PM

I have always wanted to be the first person in my family to go to college. I am doing everything in my power to do so. I applied for this scholarship for the fact it can make my dreams come true with helping me by being able to attend college and peruse my dreams.

Yvonne T  on 1/2/2021 9:43:55 PM

I have always had an interest toward computer but never had an opportunity to pursue it. Now that I can, I am going to grasp at that opportunity. I know that college is not cheap so I hope that applying to this scholarship, it can help aid me when I am pursuing a bachelor degree in compsci and hopefully also a minor in business or psychology.

Bailey R  on 12/21/2020 2:36:53 PM

I have always wanted to be in a field with psychology at the heart of it. I got accepted into my dream school and am currently planning on going there to get my bachelor's degree in Psychology. Then, I'm planning on going to LNU for medical school, which will be a gargantuan financial strain on me, as my parents need their money to give to their remaining children.

Jordaina S  on 12/16/2020 10:37:54 PM

I never planned on going to college, but that didn’t stop me from applying to them. In doing so, I got accepted into my number one college so I am taking advantage of every opportunity that I have to help me get through it without debt.

Delaney S  on 12/14/2020 11:52:56 AM

I applied for this scholarship because I want to be a doctor in the future and I know it will be a huge financial strain on my parents to try to put me through college and then medical school, especially if I go to college out of state, which is my plan. I really hope that I get it!

Shelby W  on 12/10/2020 12:11:25 PM

Yes, I am very excited to hear back from them. I am one of seven kids which means there's not a lot of money just laying around for schooling. It will be difficult to pay but, I am determined to be the first child in college and get a degree in something I love to do. I have applied for many scholarships so anything I get will help me and my parents out on costs.

Lizette D  on 12/9/2020 11:41:35 PM

I want to be the first generation of women in my family to continue my education as a criminal profiler/criminal psychologist. My father came here from El Salvador illegally when he was a child to have a better lifestyle. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend college since he had me at a young age. He became a U.S. Citizen and showed me that anything is possible if you work hard to achieve it. I would love to be considered for this scholarship.

olivia ford  on 12/9/2020 6:41:28 PM

I feel like this is a great scholarship. I'm grateful to even get to apply when some other girl can not. I know I am a junior in high school, but now is the best time to find the best financial help for college.

Anna W  on 11/12/2020 2:54:57 PM

I am a senior and I'm looking for scholarships to help me on this journey. I am excited to hear about this scholarship in particular. I think it's a great way to help young women pay for college.

AbbyGayle B  on 11/4/2020 1:13:35 PM

I've just stumbled upon this scholarship and find it to be very helpful with its specificity to young woman working to be successful while still in high school.

Cynthia T  on 11/2/2020 9:54:01 PM

Seems like an amazing opportunity.

Sadie R  on 10/22/2020 7:09:09 PM

I'm a senior in high school and have tirelessly been looking for scholarships. I'm glad I found this one.

Jashen M  on 10/14/2020 9:38:42 AM

I applied for the scholarship because the schools I applied for are expensive, and I wanted to help out my parents since they are also paying for my older brother's expenses for college.

Zaria D  on 9/29/2020 10:30:16 AM

I am saving up for college even though I am a junior its always good to, plan ahead of time.Im looking for scholarships to help me in the long run

Javeria Q  on 9/18/2020 9:30:18 AM

I'm glad i found this scholarship! It can impact money girls who are struggling to pay for college

Lacey J  on 9/15/2020 12:15:58 AM

I applied and I am so excited to hear back from them! Personally college is going to be hard to pay for but I feel like opportunities and scholarships like this will really help!

Madison L  on 8/26/2020 2:59:48 PM

I'm already saving up for college but I am applying for this scholarship to help myself. My parents can't send me to the school I've been dreaming of but I'm determined to get there.

Tremaya J  on 8/24/2020 5:39:55 PM

I’m a senior this year and I’m looking for scholarships to help with school.

floerie k  on 8/17/2020 3:04:37 PM

I applied for this scholarship because the colleges that I am applying to are really expensive and my sister just went to college so I do not want to cause any more financial strain on my parents.

Jaycee D  on 8/3/2020 7:38:57 PM

I applied to this scholarship because i’m very determined to get my degree. I have a chance none of my family had and plan to take advantage of it. I am very determined and willing to do whatever it takes to be a successful woman. I’ve dreamed of going to this college since I was little and would love to make it happen!

Kaila S Kendrix  on 6/25/2020 5:16:58 PM

I applied for this scholarship because my dream college is to expensive for my parents and with only one parent working within my household I don't wanna make it hard on my mom to pay a arm and a leg just for me to go and with this scholarship I could do help my mom save her money.

Sacara B  on 5/7/2020 11:13:33 AM

I have applied for college and I have been accepted. Although it is a two year school I will be attending happily and will be attending a 4 year university after. My parents don’t have a lot of money so any amount can help me out!

Jasmine E  on 4/24/2020 2:27:55 PM

The college I want to go to is absolutely for me, the only issue is the money. Unfortunately, it is pretty uncommon to have 10 grand laying around. Anything helps!

Jaida W.  on 4/14/2020 8:39:23 PM

The university I will be attending is the school of my dreams although very expensive.

Tracy R  on 4/10/2020 7:30:00 PM

Yes I did apply for this scholarship. I am very worried some like many young, persevering students. After high school there is much pressure about knowing what career to going into, where to go, and/or questions as where the money will come from for pursuing a high education. I as a first generation, Mexican, and humble living young lady feel a huge sense of pressure for university. I am a junior now and seeing the prices for school can be very stressful. I am trying to find ways to now only help myself, but my family as well because I know my mother crossed the border as a immigrant so that she could see me cross the stage. I know not me or my family could ever afford college or university, but I am sure that there is a way possible for me to continue school after high school, one step at a time.

Emma L  on 4/1/2020 1:18:07 PM

I applied for this scholarship! I am so excited to further my education, however college is extremely expensive, every dollar will help!

Merone M  on 3/20/2020 3:19:05 PM

The college I applied to is amazing and has exactly the programs I am looking for- however it is very expensive and my parents cannot afford it- every dollar will help me.

Victoria C  on 2/27/2020 11:03:12 AM

Yes, I applied for this scholarship. I will start college this summer! Every dollar helps my parents!

Molly S  on 2/26/2020 2:42:08 PM

The college I have applied for is quite expensive. Its my dream school though. The nursing program there is magnificent. I applied for this scholarship because every penny helps.

Noelle B  on 2/11/2020 6:05:14 PM

I applied for this scholarship because the college at the top of my list, although it is in my state, is very expensive, and every dime helps. If I don't get enough scholarship money, I cannot attend the school I am strongly hoping for.

Theressa M  on 2/5/2020 2:33:20 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I am determined to go to a college that is fairly distant from me. I have been accepted, but money is tight because of its’ distance. This scholarship would help me get to my dream college and thrive as an individual.

Diamond S  on 1/30/2020 4:58:29 AM

I applied to this scholarship because I am a determined person. I have already found my dream college and know what I want to major in. Therefore I will do everything and take every opportunity to make my college dream come true. Also that I am a strong woman that is very active socially.

Shalla P  on 1/22/2020 9:09:06 AM

Yes, I applied for this scholarship because it sets a goal for us to thrive for and those for us that tried to get awarded for our hard work. This is a good way to get awarded for it.

Tylashia G  on 1/11/2020 12:17:21 PM

I did apply for this scholarship because it was very interesting to me. I’m looking forward for the results.

Autumn J  on 1/10/2020 2:51:40 PM

This scholarship is something that will carry weight to earn. I believe that a distinguished young women is one who strives for self bettering and I feel as though I do. I want to be better than myself and role models so in turn I can push other women to be better than me. I'm only 17, 'I still have time' is an excuse. It's not I want to be great now, it's I will be great now.

Joellie A  on 12/30/2019 10:15:54 AM

I did apply for this scholarship. I figured what is it going to hurt.

Christine A  on 12/26/2019 8:01:45 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I have been avoiding trying to prepare for the future. But, I realized that you can only work for what you earn, and that will determine your own future. I have been working at Taco Bell for a year and a half and have been paying for my car, and school products. My dad passed away half a year ago and was a hard time. My mom does not make close to what she deserves to be paid, also my stepdad is unemployed. Leaving my mom to work even harder to support me and my 21-year-old sister that still lives in my parents home too. I am in tennis, band, and FFA also used to be in softball.

alexa j  on 12/26/2019 7:10:20 PM

I have applied for this scholarship because I believe woman have powerful minds that can fulfill every dream they want. I am a women who has goals such as being a pediatrician and helping others. I have been blessed enough to be able to do clinical rotations at a hospital and see the great impact woman have on others. I have also seen the amazing work woman do at the elderly home. I want to be a great influence on others and inspire younger girls to be better and do better for themselves.

Ashanti P  on 12/19/2019 12:01:19 PM

I have applied for this scholarship because I want to become a special education teacher. I want to become a special education teacher because I have had several experiences with special needs students there was this one student he was autistic he did not like being touched he would run up to me and give me a hug. Currently, as a teacher cadet, I love seeing my students smile every day. For this reason, I want to be a special education teacher.

Marissa C  on 12/17/2019 10:02:19 AM

I have applied to this scholarship because I believe that the gentle influence of a woman can make a change is so many lives. I've been involved in a mentoring program in my vocational school, leading tours around the school, helping with open houses, and giving presentations about my CAD and Animation class. I want to become a character designer and inspire younger children with creativity. Between continuing being involved in mentoring programs and working in animation and character design, I want to show young women that they have the potential to get where they want in life if they work for it.

Kadence D  on 12/10/2019 7:00:05 AM

I have applied for this scholarship for the reason that I want to go into medical studies to become a veterinarian. I don't only want to go out and help peoples pets I want to help every animal. The world is building up with trash and other pollution and its effecting nature and everything that lives in nature. Its not much to change the world but its a start for me so we can start with saving animals. Next the earth and people in it.

Safai A  on 12/3/2019 5:07:58 PM

I have applied to this scholarship because I have a long term goal of becoming a lawyer that defends oppressed and manipulated humans rights. I want to be the first woman in my family that pursues a career in aw. I want my voice to be heard and to represent women from all over the world. I really want to be able to make society a more comfortable and safe place for women and manipulated people. I plan on using the scholarship money to help me pay for college and universities that will help me achieve my dream.

Kennedy S  on 12/3/2019 1:48:45 PM

I have applied for the scholarship to assist my goals in changing the political world. I dream to be the first woman in my family to go into politics and law and it is my dream to make a footprint in such a male dominated line of work. I plan to use this scholarship money toward the honors college that I have been accepted into, which in turn is more expensive but creates a better education for me to succeed. I plan on practicing law in a big city while also working toward pro bono work and the innocence project.

TaNyla R  on 12/3/2019 8:04:50 AM

I applied for this scholarship because I am a 17 almost 18-year-old young lady who has hopes and dreams of being the first doctor in her family. I want to make my mama proud and be the very best I can be.

Diazia H  on 11/26/2019 10:56:09 PM

I applied for this scholarship because i'm a 17 year old young lady and i have a long term goal to make the society for a women better. I wish to go to college, for social work & hope to change many women and young lady lives or their opinion on the society,

daniela s  on 11/23/2019 2:38:08 PM

I applied to this scholarship because my goals are to become a power dominate women in the law enforcement area. To be the first generation of my family to thrive and succeed.

Makenna A  on 11/22/2019 12:23:01 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I will achieve my dream of being a Dental Hygienist and I will do anything to try and become this as I am very motivated to start my life and work towards my goal. I loved the outline of women scholarship and the comfort it made me feel reading about the organization. Thanks for your time and reading

Hindiyo H  on 11/17/2019 2:16:08 PM

I have apply for this scholarship to help young women and also make change by Attending college would help me reach my goals and dreams in life. My goals are to become a psychology and a motivational speaker. I want to change society's mindset on women that they can do a lot of things we just don’t need to cook clean and take care of the house. Women can do so much if we put our minds to it. We can be doctors, teachers and other things, if we get the support that we need. I want to also be able to open a school in Africa or other places to give children the education I received. I want to also open a lot of programs to help them and push them to do more in life. Scholarship would be helpful for me in many shapes forms it will help me with achieving my goals thank you for taking your time of your day to read this I hope you can learn much from this My name is Hindiyo and this is my story.

Anna G  on 11/14/2019 4:54:49 PM

I applied to this scholarship because I am a young woman . I want to be part of the change in today’s society. I’m todays society young women or women in general don’t get respected or treated how they're supposed to be treated . I want to be the voice for those women who don’t speak up for themselves I want to be the change .

Rosabella B  on 11/14/2019 9:01:00 AM

I applied to this scholarship primarily due to the stigma around woman and how their viewed to others. As a young woman I aspire to change that and use my voice not just for me but also for the woman who deserve more voice or the woman who cant use their voice. I aspire to make a mark on this world somehow some way but its very hard to do that when you're low with finances this scholarship could help me fulfill my goals for woman empowerment around the world and my education as a young woman as a whole.

Brianna D  on 11/14/2019 8:56:22 AM

I am applying for this scholarship because I am a young woman who is seeking to become an elementary teacher. I am Vice President in TAFE and I am Captain on my soccer and cross country team. I believe that women have a voice in this nation and I would use this money to help pay for my college. I am a first gen and oldest child of three. Neither of my parents went to college and I am going to be the first in my family to go. My parents can't afford to pay for college because my mom does not work and my dad is a police officer. We are really tight on money. Thank you for your time.

Beth D  on 11/13/2019 2:41:18 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I am a young woman wanting to make a difference in the world, and I need financial help in order to do that.

Vjosa G  on 11/12/2019 7:58:14 PM

I applied for this scholarship to make it a little easier for my parents since I will be the first generation women to attend a University.

Alexis B  on 11/12/2019 5:04:56 PM

Yes I applied for this scholarship because I am a young women trying to make my mark in the world and need financial help to go to college. To help demonstrate that Women are making great strides and can accomplish anything that they put their mind and work ethic to.

Ocean H  on 11/12/2019 9:00:00 AM

Waiting to expand my education.

Nikki B  on 11/10/2019 10:05:14 AM

I applied to this scholarship to demonstrate how women can make a change in the workplace after getting a grand education.

Danajen C  on 11/9/2019 11:06:04 AM

I have applied for this scholarship because I am graduating a year earlier than I am supposed to in order to get ahead on furthering my education at a younger age.

Sha'Dia A  on 11/8/2019 2:45:31 PM

I applied for this scholarship because its mostly describes me and it has great benefits !!!!

Angelique B  on 11/5/2019 2:33:43 PM

I just applied to this scholarship and I hope I get something form it. I have applied to a lot and got denied every time. I’m hoping.

Helena L  on 11/5/2019 12:36:57 PM

I applied to this scholarship in hopes that I can help my mom with paying for college.

Naja N  on 11/5/2019 9:17:02 AM

I am applying for this scholarship in hopes that I am able to secure funding to help towards my education.

Nathalie C  on 11/3/2019 3:35:24 PM

I just applied to this scholarship and am hoping for good results!

Sade M  on 10/30/2019 9:33:16 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I believe I am what defines a defines a distinguished young woman. I am applying to Genesee Community College’s nursing program and this scholarship would mean the most to me.

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fiorela v  on 10/26/2019 10:10:12 PM

I have never heard of this scholarship and am excited to see how it turns out !

Cassidy M  on 10/22/2019 12:54:44 PM

I just applied for this scholarship, and I can't wait to see what happens!

Ja'Niya B  on 10/18/2019 1:20:25 PM

I just completed the application and I'm excited to see how this goes!

Anna B  on 10/17/2019 4:02:34 PM

I just applied for this scholarship, so we'll see how this goes!

Katelyn B  on 10/13/2019 1:53:15 PM

I am excited that there is a scholarship for young women. I have overcome a lot mental and physical hurdles over the past 6 years. I have persevered and am so excited to move on in college and my future career. This scholarship will help me so much.

Ellie T  on 10/10/2019 12:56:22 PM

I have applied for this scholarship because I am a young women who has been accepted in to Auguste Escoffier Culinary school. I am a child of a single mother who works full time and receives zero child support. Please help me achieve my dream!

Dasia G  on 9/26/2019 11:37:48 AM

My work in school would help me earn this scholarship and help me earn one more year in the district.

hailey p  on 9/23/2019 9:50:56 AM

I have applied because i have 10 people in my home so money is kinda tight so im trying to help my parents and myself not be in debt

Ashlynn H  on 9/4/2019 3:00:42 PM

Yes, I applied for this scholarship because I need help paying for college. I only have one income in my house, as my parents are divorced.

Andrea H  on 7/5/2019 4:21:39 PM

I participated in DYW at the regional level in 2019, and it was absolutely one of the best experiences in my life. My chapter (York County, Pennsylvania) is known for giving out the most money of any regional chapter, which is a nice perk - but beyond that, I became friends with so many amazing girls in my area and I learned many skills that I will carry with me through my professional life. Overall, I won two categorical scholarships and was second runner-up overall, and I won $5500. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this program to anyone and everyone!!