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 - deadline to apply online for all Local Programs and the At Large Program is January 1, 2018. Register online at and we will call you with particulars!

2019 Local Program Dates
Carroll County- Feb 24, 2018 FSK High School 2pm
Frederick County - March 10 2018 Tuscarora High School 6pm
Charles County - Feb 2018

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)

State Orientation Tentative Date for Sunday May 6, 2018 (11:00 am-5pm) - (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, 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 for overnight retreat, team building and rehearsals. Please bring a dish to share for lunch. (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