Blair student to participate in national scholarship program


Mobile, Ala. – Ruby Gutzmann of Blair traveled to Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday, June 18, to participate in the 67th Distinguished Young Women National Finals on June 27, 28 and 29 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Gutzmann is one of 50 representatives competing for $155,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2024.

Following her selection as the Distinguished Young Woman of Nebraska, Gutzmann began preparations for National Finals, which will include five categories of evaluation: scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and self-expression. During her two weeks in Mobile, Gutzmann will participate in team building activities, complete community service projects, interact with the Gulf Coast community through various events, and engage in many hours of rehearsal in preparation for the three-night scholarship program.

We are excited to welcome the 50 outstanding state representatives to Mobile for the 67th annual National Finals of Distinguished Young Women,” said Carole Hegwood, executive director of Distinguished Young Women. “These young women are accomplished, talented, intelligent, and have exciting futures ahead of them.”

If selected as the program’s overall winner, Gutzmann will spend the next year representing Distinguished Young Women across the country through various appearances and promoting the program’s national outreach initiative of Be Your Best Self.

Gutzmann is a 2024 graduate of Blair High School and the daughter of Christi and Matthew Gutzmann.