The Distinguished Young Women (DYW) of America scholarship competition is underway in Mobile, Ala. The program hits the stage on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 27, 28 & 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Meet all of the contestants in the video below.
Two of the contestants have already stated their college preference - Auburn.
Jean Elizabeth Miles (Alabama) and Avian Brown (Georgia) intend to matriculate at the loveliest village on the plains.
On January 19, Jean Elizabeth Miles of Dothan, Ala. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama and awarded $5,150 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala.
Miles was one of 52 high school senior girls from Alabama who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama for 2013.
Throughout the year, Miles will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.
Miles is the daughter of Melanie Miles and is a senior at Rehobeth High School. (Source)
On July 28, Avian Brown of Cartersville, Ga. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia and awarded $5,900 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held in Marietta, Ga.
Brown was one of 33 high school senior girls from Georgia who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia for 2013.
Throughout the year, Brown will represent the state of Georgia at numerous public events.
Brown is the daughter of Mason and Linda Brown and is a senior at North Cobb Christian School. (Source)
Stephanie Turner Bradford is the Communications Director at Distinguished Young Women's national headquarters in Mobile, Ala. Bradford graduated cum laude from Auburn University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.
According to DYW, the program was founded "in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. It has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women across the country and more than $93 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels. In addition to cash scholarships, Distinguished Young Women participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from almost 200 colleges and universities. More than $108 million in college scholarship opportunities were provided last year, some of which included full tuition, room, and board to first-class institutions. Many participants leave the program with scholarships to help them with their college educations, but all of them walk away with friendships, life skills and increased self-confidence. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future."
Formerly known as America's Junior Miss, DYW seeks "to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent."