Denair, Calif. teen selected as finalist in national scholarship competition

DYW_taglineOn Saturday, June 27, Stephanie Temnk of Denair, Calif. was named one of 8 finalists in the Distinguished Young Women National Finals competition and awarded a $5,000 cash scholarship. Temnyk also earned a preliminary award in the self-expression category, earning her an additional $1,000 scholarship.

Following a selection process that began in her home state of California, Temnyk began preparing for the 63rd annual scholarship competition. Historically, the competition has taken place in its founding city of Mobile, Ala. This year, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the competition was conducted digitally and showcased in a three-night online broadcast.


Temnyk is a graduate of Turlock High School. In the fall, she will attend Arizona State University with plans to become a genetic agronomist. She is the daughter of Helen and Michael Temnyk.

Elif Ozyurekoglu of Kentucky selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2020 and presented with a $30,000 cash scholarship. Nivea Krishnan of Arizona was named first runner-up and Dominique Verville of Alabama was selected as second runner-up. Over $125,000 in cash scholarship was awarded during the three-day digital competition.

About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach their full individual potential. Our mission is to empower young women by providing over $1 billion in scholarship opportunities, developing their self-confidence and participating in our Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school. National sponsors include Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, Mobile County, City of Mobile, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders, Wintzell's Oyster House, Shoe Station, Gant Travel Management, Wellington and Bonnie Coffeen, Regions Financial Corporation, Jostens and Alabama Media Group.

For more information visit