Greater Baltimore

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMEN OF GREATER BALTIMORE  is accepting applications from BALTIMORE COUNTY and CITY HIGH  SCHOOL JUNIOR GIRLS, CLASS OF 2020. Deadline to apply March 22, 2019.

Colleges and universities throughout the United States offer college-granted scholarships to eligible program participants and state winners. These scholarship opportunities include four-year, full tuition scholarships as well as many partial scholarships.  Locally, McDaniel College, Hood College and Stevenson University offer 4-year full and partial scholarships to the Maryland representative!  Additionally, cash scholarship awards to be used at colleges of their choice are awarded to the overall winners, as well as winners of individual categories, at the local competition. See website for list of participating colleges

The Greater Baltimore competition will take place March 31, 2019 at McDaniel College, Alumni Theater on the Hill, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157

  •  The deadline for online application is March 22, 2019.  Interested girls should visit and click “Participate” on the homepage to apply. After pre-registering online, an applicant will be contacted by the local representative who will answer questions about the upcoming program. All participants will gain important life skills through participation.
  • Those selected will advance to Maryland’s state program held in Frederick,  Maryland, July 24-27, 2019 where they will be eligible for even more cash and college scholarships.  The state winner will travel to Mobile, Alabama, to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2020. This is a life-changing opportunity for young women in Greater Baltimore! For more information about Distinguished Young Women of Greater Baltimore contact:
  • Deborah Ellis, Chairperson, 410 908-8973
  • Cheri Poklemba, State Chairperson, 443-277-7694 .
  • Ashley Little (301) 988-2233

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Deborah Ellis
410 908-8973
Cheri Poklemba
and Ashley Little (301) 988-2233

Program Dates

For the Class of 2020:
Deadline to complete online Registration: March 22, 2019 at
After you pre-register, the Chairperson will call to confirm your participation and answer any questions you have.

Program is, March 31at McDaniel College, Alumni Hall Theater, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157. Girls are to arrive dressed ready for their interviews at 9:00am. Parents will drop them off and return by 11am for the showcase.
They are to bring a change of clothing to do fitness and rehearse in (Black Capris, tennis shoes and tee shirt). For self expression, they are to wear what the wore for their interview.

The Showcase is open to the public and family and will begin at 11:00am

State program is July 24-27, 2018 at Frederick Community College.

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