Distinguished Young Women of Alaska

The 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Alaska is Maire Nakada.

Distinguished Young Women of Alaska is an official state preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. In addition to earning scholarships for college, those who participate in the Distinguished Young Women program develop friendships, self-confidence and other life skills that pave the way for future success. The Distinguished Young Women experience is open to every eligible young woman and there is no cost to participate.

Distinguished Young Women of Alaska holds no local competitions. Participants from throughout Alaska gather in Ketchikan, where a panel of five judges will select the Distinguished Young Woman of Alaska. The participant selected as the state representative then competes in the annual National Finals competition, in Mobile, Alabama.

State representatives from all 50 states will travel to the historic port city of Mobile, Alabama, for the 59th Annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals, June 23-25, 2016. They will spend two weeks getting to know outstanding girls from across the country, engaging in community service and team development activities, and preparing for the National Finals competition. All state representatives will compete for a share of more than $130,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the national program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America.

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To participate in Distinguished Young Women of Alaska, please apply online.