Distinguished Young Women OF Virginia

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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Kashvi Ramani
Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia for 2024
State Program Information

Class of 2025 Program

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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 of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

Now accepting applications for the Class of 2025 and later!

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2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia

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Kashvi Ramani
University PreferenceNYU Tisch
Career GoalEntertainer | Entrepreneur

2024 Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia

Photo of Kashvi Ramani
Kashvi Ramani

University Preference
NYU Tisch

Career Goal
Entertainer | Entrepreneur

National 4-H Council’s Youth in Action Finalist: Civic Engagement Inaugural Virginia Youth Poet LaureateThe Congressional Awards: Gold, Silver & BronzeNational YoungArts Finalist in Spoken Theater & Merit in Spoken WordGold Keys, Silver Keys & Honorable Mentions in ScholasticFirst Prize in local & district level VFW & VASSAR Essay ContestsVA State Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished FinalistNational Silver Medalist for writing, Scholastic Writing

Phillips Academy Theatre Program & DramaLabs‘Sketchy’ Comedy Group Actor & WriterImprov group ‘Under the Bed’ performerMelancholy Play Stage ManagerHead of The Pariah (creative writing magazinePoetry Club, Vice President Author: Kofi Chronicles- YA book & Saffron Skies and Kajal Cries- chapbookArlington, VA’s youth poetry anthology, co-editorNational Mentoring Month Campaign & InUnison commercial actorGirl Scouts Ambassador and working on Gold Award project

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)| 454 hoursKindling Knowledge for Kathy’s House | 112 hrs & Shining Star Story Summary Songs | 30 hrsGirl Scouts: - Troop 673 and Service Unit 70-5 SU | 75 hours4-H:- National 4H; Virginia 4-H & Eastern Loudoun 4H | 50 hoursMobile Hope, Farmer's Market, National Cherry Blossom Festival |130 hours

2024 State Participants

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Samantha Driver
CityVirginia Beach
University PreferenceRandolph-Macon College
Career GoalNurse Anesthetist
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Carson Everman
CityNewport News
University PreferencePatrick Henry College
Career GoalEthnopharmacologist
TalentSong Writing
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Kashvi Ramani
University PreferenceNYU Tisch
Career GoalEntertainer | Entrepreneur
TalentSpoken Word
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Angelina Richter
CityMc Lean
University PreferenceYale
Career GoalNasa Scientist
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