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Distinguished Young Women of Jefferson County deadline March 1

By Gary Lloyd

The Distinguished Young Women Program of Jefferson County is accepting applications from high school girls graduating in 2014 and residing in Jefferson County. The deadline for receiving applications is March 1.

The program, formerly called Jefferson County’s Junior Miss, is July 19-20 at Samford University. Interested girls may visit www.DistinguishedYW.org and click on “Participate” to receive an application. They may also contact Chairman Eddie Macksoud at jefferson@distinguishedYW.org or 205-907-0210.

There is no entry fee. Participants compete in the categories of fitness, self expression, interview, scholastics and talent. More than $13,500 in cash-tuition scholarships and more than $460,000 in college-granted scholarships were awarded last year. Any participant in the program may qualify for a full tuition and room and board scholarship with a qualifying GPA and test score.

The Jefferson County representative will advance to the Distinguished Young Women Program of Alabama in Montgomery, where she will compete for more than $40,000 in cash-tuition scholarships and more than $1 million in college-granted scholarships. The current Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County is Madeline Cawley, a senior at Vestavia Hills High School.

All state winners will travel to Mobile to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014 and for a share of more than $125,000 in cash scholarships.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, America’s Junior Miss, now Distinguished Young Women, is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $63 million in cash and college scholarships opportunities.

Distinguished Young Women is a scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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