Statewide scholarship program awarded more than $8,000 in cash scholarships to participants
Marietta, Ga. – On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Elizabeth Dutch of Calhoun was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia and awarded over $4,000 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at the Marietta Performing Arts Center in Marietta.
Dutch was one of 18 high school senior girls from Georgia who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia for 2018. Participants were evaluated in the categories of Scholastics (25 percent), Interview (25 percent), Talent (20 percent), Fitness (15 percent), and Self-Expression (15 percent). Dutch garnered the Talent award, Fitness award and Outstanding Citizen Award as recognized by Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, as well as the title of the Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia. She also received a University of West Alabama college-granted scholarship valued at $32,000.
Throughout the next year, Dutch will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.
Dutch is the daughter of Allen and Sabrina Dutch and is a senior at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun.
The 61st National Finals will take place in June 2018, in Mobile, Ala. Dutch will travel to Mobile, along with 51 other representatives from across the country to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018 and for additional cash scholarships. Washington, D.C.’s Skye Bork, , who will attend Columbia University in the fall, was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2017.
For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Georgia or to set up an interview with Elizabeth Dutch, please contact Linda Greco 770-827-7998; georgia@DistinguishedYW.org).
About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 59 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 740,000 young women. Distinguished Young Women provided more than $104 million in cash scholarships and $1.1 billion college granted scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010. The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include Mobile County, City of Mobile, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Evonik, Encore Rehabilitation, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Alabama Media Group and Regions Financial Corporation.