Distinguished Young Women of Maryland is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.

College scholarships are awarded at the state level ( last year) and millions in college-granted scholarships are available ($1.5 billion nationally). And one representative will advance to the national program in Mobile, Alabama where they give away over $100,000 in cash tuition scholarships.

And it’s FREE to participate!


  • Make new friends from around the state
  • Participate in workshops on interviewing, public speaking and more
  • Have fun putting on a showcase of your achievements
  • PLUS help pay for your college education!

You must be a  in high school to participate. Sign up today so you don’t miss out on this life-changing experience!


Program Dates

Class of 2019 - there are deadlines to apply online for all Local Programs and the At Large Program-- please see them below. Note there are NO FEES to participate in any local or At-large Program.

2019 Local Program Dates:

Charles County - February 24, 7pm, At the Waldorf School (Samantha Marshall, Chairperson),Deadline to register is Jan 11, 2018

Carroll County - February 24 at FSK High School 3pm. (Janet Debinski and Doreen Capeece, Co-Chairs) Deadline is Jan 1, 2018 (Girls arrive 9 am for interviews and rehersals. On stage program is at 3pm).

Frederick County - March 10, 2018, 6 pm (Nicole Orr, Chairperson) Tuscarora High School, Deadline is Jan 6, 2018

*At-Large - March 4, McDaniel College, Alumni Theater, 9am - 5pm (May end earlier, depending on numbers of participants), Deadline to register Feb 1 For girls who live in the following counties that do not have a local sponsored program: Howard, Montgomery, Prince Georges, St. Mary's, Calvert, Anne Arundel, Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties

Harford & Cecil County - April 8, @ Berlin, MD Worcester Preparatory School

Greater Baltimore (Balto. County & City) – register for Eastern Shore Program on April 8 at Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, MD

Lower & Upper Eastern Shore Program is on April 8 Deadline to register on Mar 15, 2018 For girls who live in Kent, Dorchester, Worcester, Talbot, Somerset, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Wicomico, Greater Baltimore area and Washington DC Metropolitan and Rural areas.
*Note for girls who are in At- Large programs and are selected to advance to the state program- you will need to find a "sponsor" for yourself as every girl who attends has one. The sponsorship fee is $350 to go to the state program and will be tax deductible (they must consult with their tax advisor). We will assist in helping you in searching for a sponsor by providing you with support and advice. We will match up a mentor with each at large candidate.

Class of 2019 DYW of Maryland finalists Schedule (This schedule is for girls who have been selected to advance to the state program as a local or at-large representative)

If you are selected to advance to the state program, the following dates and activities are mandatory, so please check over the dates before you decide to participate in a local program:

Sunday, May 6, 2018 (11:00 am-5pm) - State Orientation - (Participants, Parents invited). @ McDonogh School Campus, 3800 McDonogh Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 - meet on campus at: The Edward St. John Building. (Girls plan to eat lunch with us and parents will drop off and return at 2 pm)

Schedule for Orientation Day, Sunday, May 6, 2018:
11:00 Participants arrive dressed in interview outfit for program book photo session and WEARING MEDALLIONS!
11:20am Introductions, lunch, review state schedule, pick participant numbers & BYBS groupings
12-2:30pm - Rehearsals (fitness & opening number) with Amanda Ellis - DYW of MD 2017 and Elena Rippeon, DYW of MD 2018
2:00pm - Parents return to purchase tee shirts & tickets
2:30pm - Parent Orientation, program book page expectations & schedule for State Program.
4:00pm - host families and little sisters arrive to meet DYW's and their parents (exchange contact information)
*4:10pm - 4:45pm - Parents, Host Families, Little Sisters, Alumnae and Class of 2018 are invited:

To a "Send off" Cake Reception at McDonogh School for our Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2018, Elena Rippeon, who goes to the National Program from June 16- July 1, 2018!
See Elena's national wardrobe and her talent presentation!

State Finals for Class of 2019, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Girls will arrive on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ ThorpeWood, Catoctin Mountains!

State DYW Schedule:
July 11, 2018 1:30pm- DYW's arrive at ThorpeWood after lunch for overnight retreat, team building and rehearsals. Please bring a dish to share for dinner. (Sign up at Orientation). Parents stay for brief orientation (about 1 hour) and then leave.

July 12, 2018 - 4:30pm - DYW's arrive in Westminster, pool party and stay with host families.

July 13, 2018 - 8:45am - BYBS presentations at Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, Tour & lunch at McDaniel College
1:30pm - 7:30pm - Theater for rehearsals then to host family

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:30am to theater for rehearsals
11:45am Interviews begin
4:00 pm State DYW Program at:
Carroll Community College, The Scott Center for the Performing Arts,
1601 Washington Road, Westminster, MD21157
(Finalists go home after program on July 08, 2017).

7:00pm - All (Alumnae, Participants, families, Host Families and little sisters and friends) are invited to join the new 2019 State Representative for dinner at Maggie's Restaurant at 310 E. Green Street • Westminster, MD 21157.

Watch the 61st Year Anniversary National Showcase Live-Stream at on June 30, 2018 @ 8pm EST!
(Preliminary's can be viewed also on Thur, June 28 & Friday June29).

National Sponsors