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 ($1.1 billion nationally). And one representative will advance to the national program in Mobile, Alabama where they give away $125,000 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

May 7, 2017 (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 2pm)

Schedule for Orientation Day, May 7, 2017:

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 Noelle Li, DYW of MD 2016
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 2017 are invited:

To a "Send off" Cake Reception at McDonogh School for our Distinguished Young Woman of Maryland for 2017, Amanda Ellis, who leaves for the National Program in June!
See Amanda's national wardrobe and her talent presentation!

State DYW Schedule:
July 5, 2017 1:30pm- DYW's arrive at ThorpeWood for overnight retreat, team building and rehearsals. Please bring a dish to share for lunch. (Sign up at Orientation)
July 6, 2017 - 4:30pm - DYW's arrive in Westminster, pool party and stay with host families.
July 7, 2017 - 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 8, 2017 - 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 2018 State Representative for dinner at Maggie's Restaurant at 310 E. Green Street • Westminster, MD 21157.

Watch the 60 Year Anniversary National Showcase Live-Stream at on July 1, 2017 @ 8pm EST! (Preliminary's can be viewed also on Thur, June 29 & Friday June 30!)

National Sponsors