- Cullman, Alabama

August 1, 2012

Recognizing outstanding young women in Cullman County

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The 2013 Distinguished Young Women of Cullman County’s local program was recently held on June 2.  DYW is a scholarship program for high school senior girls. Besides awarding tuition scholarships, our goal is to give each participant a positive and memorable experience. To accomplish this goal, we need community support. There seems to be no shortage of that in Cullman County. 

The local program returned to Cullman in 1998, then named Cullman County’s Junior Miss.  Since that time, we have had a group of individuals, businesses, and clubs that have helped to keep the Distinguished Young Women/Junior Miss programs alive. They have offered monetary donations, gifts, and services which have allowed us to build our scholarship fund.  Three years ago, we decided to ask our participants to help, although it is not required.  The girls have been amazing, and this year’s class was unbelievable. By the participants reaching out to groups and individuals who personally have ties to them and/or their families, we have broadened the awareness of our program and our scholarship fund has grown. Together, with the participants’ help, we were able to award $10,000.00 in tuition scholarships to our recipients. I had hoped to one day reach this goal, but I was thrilled to see it happen this year. 

We have many outstanding young women in our community, and we are so pleased when they choose to participate in our program. They need to be awarded and recognized for their accomplishments. Therefore, we want to thank The Cullman Times for its coverage of our program, bringing recognition to these girls and hopefully a better understanding of the mission and principles of Distinguished Young Women. On behalf of the DYW of Cullman County Committee, I want to once again say, “Thank you, Cullman!” Thank you to all those who supported us, whether you are a first-time contributor or one of our loyal 15-year supporters. We cannot do this without you and hope we can count on your continued support!

Patty Grier

Chairman, Distinguished Young Women of Cullman County Scholarship Program