The 56th annual Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of Hawaii scholarship program finals took place on Sunday, February 8th at Sacred Hearts Academy. Major sponsors of the program include Hawaii Pacific University, Nan Inc, Hawaiian Electric and Sacred Hearts Academy.
Megan Garcia, a Sacred Hearts Academy senior and the daughter of Bert and Melochi Garcia, was the 3rd runner-up and the recipient of a $1,500 cash scholarship and a $12,500 tuition scholarship from Hawaii Pacific University.
Hawaii’s DYW is the state’s oldest scholarship program for high school senior girls, providing students chances to win nearly $18,000 in cash scholarships, 4-year college scholarships, and many other awards provided by local sponsors. The non-profit program, which was previously called Hawaii’s Junior Miss (HJM), is run entirely by volunteers, and competition and scholastic judges are community leaders who represent government, business and community sectors throughout the state.
In summer 2010, the HJM program aligned with the national program’s updated name change to America’s Distinguished Young Woman (DYW). The national program is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, and since its founding in 1958, more than 700,000 young women across the nation have participated in DYW programs at the local, state, and national levels. In addition to cash scholarships, DYW participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country.Hawaii contestants are recruited from public and private high schools on all islands, and standards for participation are exceptionally high. Only girls with proven scholastic ability and leadership qualities may compete. For more information about DYW Hawaii, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.distinguishedyw.org.
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