About the Program
History of the Outstanding Young Woman Program
Centre County has been home to a scholarship program for young women since 1965, when the first Junior Miss program was held in the county. In 1989, the program name was changed to Young Woman of the Year and then reverted back to Junior Miss in 1993. In 1998, we became the Outstanding Young Woman Program. Centre County’s Program has always been one of the top programs in Pennsylvania and has been recognized several times by the state program as the "Outstanding Overall Program" in the state. Although at the present time there is not a PA State program, we hope in the future this may change. Over 200 volunteers, businesses and local industries assist yearly with our local Program and they are to be thanked for their continued interest in the young women of Centre County.
Over 1,000 women have participated in the Centre County Program since 1965 and more than $200,000 in scholarship money has been awarded. The Outstanding Young Woman Program continues to be an outstanding opportunity for young women to earn scholarships, build character, strengthen values and improve self‐confidence.
Searching for Excellence
Centre County's Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program is held annually to honor Centre County's Outstanding High School Senior girls. The scholarship and honors program recognizes, awards, and encourages excellence while striving to promote self-esteem among these young women.
Building Your Future
The Outstanding Young Woman Program offers numerous opportunities to strengthen your future. Finalists win scholarships, improve public speaking ability, sharpen interview skills, and develop a greater awareness of self. The program builds character, strengthens values, improves self-confidence, and encourages high school senior girls to set and achieve goals.
Scholarship and Awards
Since 1965, over 1,000 young women have participated in the Junior Miss/Outstanding Young Women Program and over $200,000 in scholarships have been awarded. Scholarships are distributed to an overall winner, a first runner-up, and winners of each individual category for Interview, Scholarship & Achievement, Performing Arts, Aerobics & Fitness, and Presence & Presentation. In addition, the Keystone Award is given to the girl that most exemplifies the meaning of the word "Keystone" ~ the part on which other related parts depend, that which holds up and supports; the girl whom other finalists could most rely upon. Unlike the other awards, the Keystone award is voted upon by the finalists.
Who is Eligible?
High School women who will be Seniors in the Fall of 2018 are eligible for the 2019 OYW Scholarship Program if they have never been married, divorced, or had a marriage annulled. Finalists must be citizens of the United States. They are also required to be a legal resident of Centre County or attend a school located in Centre County.