DYW deadline set for June 22

Published 1:21 pm Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Starla Jones, the chairperson for Butler County’s Distinguished Young Women program, is looking for a few good women.

“We are looking for talented, well-rounded young women that are strong in academics, physically fit, that exhibit grace under pressure and are able to express themselves well,” Jones said.

Young women fitting that description that reside in Butler County and will be high school seniors in the fall will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Butler County’s Distinguished Young Woman.

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DYW is a scholarship program that was founded in 1958 in Mobile. It is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls, and has awarded more than $93 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels since its creation.

In addition to cash scholarships, Distinguished Young Women participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from almost 200 colleges and universities. According to the DYW website, more than $108 million in college scholarship opportunities were provided to DYW participants last year, some of which included full tuition, room, and board to first-class institutions.

Contestants will compete in five categories: scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.

The interview and talent portions of the competition will count for 25 percent of the contestant’s score, while the scholastics portion will count for 20 percent and fitness and self-expression will each count for 15 percent of the overall score.

The deadline to register for the Butler County competition is June 22. The competition will be held Aug. 18 at the Ritz Theatre in Greenville.

To register visit distinguishedyw.org and click the ‘Participate’ link.

For more information contact Jones at (334) 376-5621 or (334) 301-5403.