Heidi Baker Redmond from the class of 2004
"The Outstanding Young Woman (OYW) Scholarship Program gave me the opportunity to channel my abilities and strengthen my weaknesses, while providing me with a forum to meet friends and form relationships that have stood the test of time. When looking back over my high school years, this is one of the experiences that stand out as monumental in my development. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in a program that strives to impact young women and help them reach their full potential of being truly 'outstanding'."
Cambria Somerset Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program is open to women in the junior class that reside in Cambria and Somerset Counties. The women should plan to be a senior in the same high school for the next term. Guidance counselors will be authorized to provide copies of school transcripts. If selected as a finalist, each contestant must be able to attend the program held annually in April.
Scholarship & Achievement
A panel of qualified educators evaluates transcripts of grades and scores of scholastic tests to determine the scholastic score. A separate panel evaluates the achievements of contestants in their school and community to determine the achievement portion of the score. The scores are added together (Scholastic Score is 75% and the Achievement Score is 25%) to determine the Scholarship and Achievement awards.
In a discussion session with each Outstanding Young Woman contestant, the panel of judges evaluates knowledge, perception, clarity or expression, sense of values and communication skills.
Aerobics & Fitness
Physical well-being and stamina, as well as coordination and agility, are evaluated during group aerobic routines featuring calisthenics.
Each contestant is permitted up to two minutes to display a talent of her own choice. The total performance is evaluated for ability and skill in light of the difficulty, as well as stage presence.
Presence & Presentation
Naturalness in carriage, posture and poise in moving about the stage are considered, as well as the ability to verbally communicate with confidence.
Commitment to OYW
Score is assessed by the production team and OYW Board of Directors based on timeliness, deadlines, responsibility and respect for the mission of the program.