Distinguished Young Women of California is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.

College scholarships are awarded at the state level ($26,000 last year) and millions in college-granted scholarships are available ($1 billion nationally). And one representative will advance to the national program in Mobile, Alabama where they give away over $130,000 in cash tuition scholarships.

And it’s FREE to participate!


  • Make new friends from around the state
  • Participate in workshops on interviewing, public speaking and more
  • Have fun putting on a showcase of your achievements
  • PLUS help pay for your college education!

You must be a junior in high school to participate. Sign up today so you don’t miss out on this life-changing experience!




Kacie Lesky

Program Dates

Our Class of 2022 Program is complete!

Register for the Class of 2023 online and your local Distinguished Young Women program will contact you in the fall/spring of your Junior Year for your Local, AT-Large or Digital Qualifier program.

The Class of 2022 State Program was held on July 26th- 31st via Zoom where our 34 representatives took part in 32 hours of Be Your Best Self & Life Skills Virtual Workshops, with 17 Speakers/Mentors/Alumnae, that culminated in the California State Finals Digital Showcase, that was shown online August 26th, 27th & 28th, 2021, where we awarded around $26,000 in cash scholarships!

The Class of 2023 State Program will hopefully be held physically in July of 2022 in Bakersfield, CA.

Photo: Shani Barel Photography

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