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

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