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JeffCo Distinguished Young Women program open

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Distinguished Young Women Program of Jefferson County is accepting applications from high school girls graduating in 2015 and residing in Jefferson County.

The deadline for receiving applications is March 10.

The program, formerly Jefferson County’s Junior Miss, is July 18-19 at Samford University. Interested girls may visit and click on the icon “Participate” to receive an application or they may contact Chairman Eddie Macksoud at or 205-907-0210.

There is no entry fee. Participants compete in the categories of fitness, self expression, interview, scholastics and talent. More than $13,000 in cash-tuition scholarships was awarded and more than $489,000 in college-granted scholarships last year. Any participant in the program may qualify for a full tuition, room and board scholarship with a qualifying grade point average 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.

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 2015 and for a share of more than $125,000 in cash scholarships.

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.

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