MOBILE, Ala.- On Saturday, June 28, Brooke Rucker of Cartersville, Ga. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014 and presented with a cash scholarship of $50,000 at the conclusion of the 57th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, Ala.
Rucker earned preliminary scholarship awards in the talent and self-expression categories. She also received the overall interview and fitness awards. Rucker was awarded a total of $7,000 in additional cash scholarships.
Following a selection process that began in her home state of Georgia, Rucker traveled to Mobile, Ala. along with 49 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the 57th annual national competition. Rucker amassed a total of $57,000 in cash scholarships through her participation in the Distinguished Young Women program at the national level.
In addition to serving as the national representative of Distinguished Young Women for the next year, Rucker will attend Florida State University with plans to become a choreographer.
Rucker is a graduate of Woodland High School. She is the daughter of Tanya and Donald Rucker.
Other participants receiving top awards in the 2014 Distinguished Young Women National Finals include Madeline Powell of Birmingham, Ala. (First Runner Up) and Alysse Blight of Wyandotte, Mich. (Second Runner Up).
About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 57 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $367 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.
The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent.