Distinguished Young Women

#SoMobile for 62 years!

Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach their full individual potential. The program’s mission is to empower young women by providing more than $1 billion in scholarship opportunities, developing self-confidence in a positive peer environment and participating in Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school.

Each summer representatives from all 50 states descend on Mobile, the birthplace of the program, for National Finals and when they do, they get a full dose of Southern hospitality!

The 2019 National Finals were held June 27-29th at the Mobile Civic Center Theater and highlights from the experience will air on Alabama Public Television on December 22, 2019.

Find out more about the prestigious program by visiting DistinguishedYW.org or by calling 251-438-3621.


Highlights from the 2019 National Finals are Below


Get in on the fun - and get a sneak peek of the Annual National Finals - with Distinguished Young Women’s Community Night at 6:00 p.m. the Wednesday prior to preliminaries / finals, at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

Featured selections from the National Finals Program, as well as performances from the Has-Beens and winners of the Gulf Coast Spotlight Talent Showcase, the night is always power-packed with entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Fans and supporters are invited to meet the participants and collect autographs from the current DYW Class! The free autograph session are held from 5:00 to - 5:30 p.m.



Join us as we celebrate the tradition of inspiring young women! The 62nd Annual National Finals included preliminaries on June 27 and 28 and the Finals Event on June 29. The Class of 2019 performed fitness, talent, self-expression, and amazing talent as they compete for thousands of scholarship dollars vying for the chance to be the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2019. 

All shows traditionally begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.


M EmblemVisit Mobile has invited our partners to help welcome our DYW participants, their families, and friends with special discounts and/or gifts around the city. Please support our participating partners (updated annually) and take advantage of the exclusive offers your DYW credentials have earned you! 

*Please contact the participating businesses directly to inquire on their offerings