Distinguished Young Women OF Pennsylvania

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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Allison Ross
Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2024
State Program Information

The Pennsylvania / West Virginia joint scholarship program will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 2:00pm

Program Location:

Hillman Center for the Performing Arts
423 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Located in: Shady Side Academy

Purchase your tickets today! https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/84505

Please note the participation deadline has passed for seniors graduating in the class of 2025

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 junior 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 Pennsylvania

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Allison Ross
FromNew Castle
University PreferenceThe University of Alabama
Career GoalAttorney

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania

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Allison Ross
New Castle

University Preference
The University of Alabama

Career Goal

National Honors Society President , High Honor Recipient, Peer Leadership, 3-time First Place Impromptu speech, 2nd Place Duo Impromptu speech, 1st and 2nd place Extemporaneous Speech, 2-time WPIAL 1A Varsity Softball Champion, Youth National Travel Softball Champion, and Steelers STEM finalist, PIAA 1A Softball State Runner-up

Varsity Volleyball captain, National Honors Society president, Forensics Public Speaking president, Varsity softball, Peer Leadership, Entrepreneurship Club CEO/Founder, E-Sports/Tech Team announcer and member, Spanish club, Musical theater, Social media club

STEAM Week Staff/Helper, Wrapping Christmas gifts at local Crisis Shelter, Singing at The Confluence, Wrapping Easter Baskets for families at Union Elementary, Thanksgiving food drive, Program partnership with the Girl Scouts of America in Western Pennsylvania

2025 State Participants

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Molly Bard
CityMeadow Lands
University PreferenceUniversity of Pittsburgh
Career GoalSecondary English Educator
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Aubrey Bowman
CityBeaver Falls
University PreferencePrinceton University
Career GoalPolitical Science
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Sophia Gombos
University PreferenceColombia University
Career GoalI'm A Person Who Has Many Interests, Whether That Be In Stem, Performing Arts, Service, Advocacy, Business, Etc., So It Is Really Challenging For Me To Narrow Down A Particular Career Path That I Want To Embark On. However, There Are Common Themes That Thread And Connect These Diverse Interests Of Mine Together: Empowerment And Exploration. Empowerment, Whether That Be In Empowering Myself To Do My Best At A Dance Recital Or Musical Performance Or Empowering Others While Volunteering At Saturday Light Brigade Radio Through Giving Youth Opportunities To Share Their Voices With The World, Is A Theme That Accompanies Me Throughout My Journeys In My Various Interests. Exploration The Factor That Resulted In Me Having So Many Passions In The First Place Encourages Me To Not Only Be Curious About Different Activities And Hobbies, But Also To Strive To Become Greater And Better At The Interests And Activities That I Am Currently Participating In. I Am Very Grateful To Have Been Able To Collect So Many Memorable And Valuable Experiences Through Participating In So Many Different Activities, And These Experiences Have Made Me A More Skillful And Better Person. This Is Why I Know, No Matter If I Want To Become A Professional Dancer, A Dermatologist, An Entrepreneur, Or Anything Else That I Am Interested In, I Will Be Ready. I Have All The Various Skills That I Have Developed Through Singing Classes And Hosting Roundtable Discussions And Lessons That I Have Learned From Coping With Stage Fright And Leading Clubs At School To Prepare Myself For Whatever Journey Is Going To Become My Own.
TalentTraditional Chinese Dance
Celina Hong
University Preference
Career Goal
Ryann  Johnson
University Preference
Career Goal
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Riley Lecker
University PreferenceUniversity of Tennessee
Career GoalPhysical Therapist
TalentMusical Theater
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Reese Ramirez
University Preference
Career Goal
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Amishi Singla
University PreferenceUniversity of Pittsburgh
Career GoalOpthalmologist
TalentBharatantyam Fusion Dance
Shreya Sriram
University Preference
Career Goal
Aadyson Sumner
CityNew Castle
University PreferenceCollege of Charleston
Career GoalStudy Marine Biology
TalentLyrical Dance
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