Distinguished Young Women OF Iowa

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Anika Yadav
Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2025 Program



$10 for Adults
$8 children 5-12
Children under 5 free

This will be an all day program for our participants.

Life-Changing Experience
College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your senior year of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa

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Anika Yadav
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalEntrepreneurship, Public Policy

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa

Photo of Anika Yadav
Anika Yadav

University Preference
Stanford University

Career Goal
Entrepreneurship, Public Policy

United States Senate Youth Program Iowa Delegate, 2024Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award, 2023World Food Prize Global Borlaug Scholar, 2021National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar, 2023Coca-Cola Semifinalist, 2023Indo-American PAC Iowa Student of the Year, 2022United State's National Mental Health Conference "mPower Award" nominee by State of Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, 2023Scholastic Art and Writing Honorary Mention in Poetry Collection: "American Democracy: The 46th Hope," 2021Association for Career and Technical Education National Outstanding Business Education Student Award, 2023

Pursuit of Innovation (Pi515) 501c(3), Board of AdvisorFuture Business Leaders of America, National North Central Region Vice President 2023-2024 serving over 230,000+ members globallyFuture Business Leaders of America, Iowa State President 2022-2023State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council, Education Chair advocating for priorities of 700,000+ Iowan youthIowa Youth Congress, Student Voice Chair 2021-2023American Legion Auxiliary 76th Annual Girls Nation, Majority Floor Leader and President's Council of Economic Advisers Chair 2023American Legion Auxiliary Iowa Girls State, City of Young Mayor and Education Party Platform 2023Indo-American PAC Iowa (IAPAC), Board of Director 2023-2024Waukee Schools Equity Director's Student Equity Team, Student Equity Ambassador 2021-2023uVoice Youth Philanthropy Board, Student Leadership Chair 2023-2024

FIRST Lego League Youth Mentor, 2020-2022Mental Health Public Service Announcement, 2021-2023

2024 State Participants

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Olivia Marti
University PreferenceIowa State University
Career GoalAgronomy/Agricultural Business
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Jenny Nguyen
CitySioux City
University PreferenceNYU/UCLA/SFSU
Career GoalPsychologist
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Anika Yadav
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalEntrepreneurship, Public Policy
TalentSpoken Word Poetry
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