Mary Alan Ousley

Dallas County Distinguished Young Woman 2021 Mary Alan Ousley.

Registration is now open for Distinguished Young Women, a scholarship program for young woman entering their senior year in high school. 

Orientation will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at McConnell Twins Dance Studio, 3966 Landline Road. Interested participants can register online at

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Distinguished Young Women strives to give young women the opportunity to further their education and prepare for a successful future. 

“Distinguished Young Women is scholarship program for young women who are interested in achieving personal goals, receiving scholarship opportunities and gaining self-confidence,” said Demisha Stough, Dallas County Distinguished Young Women Committee Chairman. 

“Participating in the Distinguished Young Woman Program was one of the best things that I did during my senior year,” said Mary Alan Ousley, Dallas County’s Distinguished Young Woman 2021. “Not only did I win scholarship money for college, but I also developed leadership skills, performance arts and friendships that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” 

The program will take place at Pickard Auditorium on Washington Street on Aug. 21. Participants compete in five categories: scholastics, personal interview, physical fitness, talent and self-expression. 

“DYW is a life-changing program for its participants,” said Merrill Bolton South, Dallas County Distinguished Young Women Committee Member. 

Dallas County’s Distinguished Young Women scholarship program awarded local high school seniors more than $12,000 in scholarship money in 2021. The local winner will advance to the state program in Montgomery, where there is an opportunity to win more than $42,500 in cash tuition scholarships. The DYW program awards $1 billion nationally each year. 

For more information or to sponsor the program to provide money for scholarships, contact Dallas County DYW Committee Chairman Demisha Stough at 334-349-0641. Follow DYW Dallas County on Facebook and Instagram for more updates. 

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