TICONDEROGA — The Distinguished Young Women of New York Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for its college scholarship program.
Pam Mosher of Ticonderoga is director of the state program, which is open to high-school senior girls who are graduating by June 2014.
Local programs will be held in Ticonderoga, Crown Point and Whitehall this November to select candidates for the state event, to be held at the University at Albany Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
But Mosher said young women who are not in the coverage area of those programs can still take part.
“It gives them an opportunity to apply and participate in the state program.”
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Ala., Distinguished Young Women was formerly known as America’s Junior Miss. It is billed as the largest and oldest nationwide scholarship program for high-school girls.
It has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women across the country and more than $93 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels. Organizers say participants walk away with friendships, life skills and increased self-confidence.
Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future.
The program is designed for high-school seniors who have achieved excellence in academic achievement, physical fitness, on-stage performance skills and the ability to think and communicate clearly.
In New York, scholarships are awarded to one overall winner, first and second runners-up and several preliminary award winners in the categories of fitness, self-expression, talent, judges’ interview and scholastics.
The winner will be awarded the title of Distinguished Young Woman of New York and will go on to compete for Distinguished Young Woman of America in Mobile, Ala., in June 2014 for additional college scholarship money.
Distinguished Young Women of Ticonderoga will hold a session for interested participants and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the Ticonderoga High School auditorium.
Information will be provided on the program categories (scholarship, talent, self-expression, interview and fitness), as well as the numerous college scholarships available to local program participants.
For more information, contact Tracey Cross-Baker at 585-2525, email newyork@Distinguishedyw.org or go to distinguishedyw.org.
The deadline to apply is Sept. 25.