MOUNT VERNON — Local residents will have the opportunity to support the academic aspirations of young women from all over Ohio with the annual Ohio Distinguished Women Scholarship Program’s Radio Auction on Saturday.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., people can bid competitively with fellow patrons to win items while contributing to the overall scholarship fund and check on bids they have placed while supporting the cause of higher education for future college students. The auction will be broadcast live on WMVO 1300 AM and 100.9 FM.
Those interested in bidding can call 740-397-2267 with the item number they are interested in and a bid. Minimum bid increases are $1 for items valued up to $30; $5 increments for items with values of $31-$100; and $10 for items worth over $100.
The auction has been raising money for over 20 years exclusively for scholarships awarded to the contestants of the DYW program with an annual goal set at $10,000.
The 200 items up for bidding this year were donated by familiar local businesses like Jeld-Wen and Lowe’s, ranging from home improvement items like a new glass door to a vacation to Cape Cod. Items were also donated by the contestants and their families.
Contestants in their senior year of high school compete at the local level in Knox and Vinton counties or at the DYW Ohio At-Large program and continue on to the more intensive state program that highlights some of our state’s outstanding young women. From there, a contestant is chosen to represent Ohio in the overall national program.
The 14 participants this year will be judged on four categories including interview skills, academics, performing their unique talents, physical fitness, and self-expression. These skills with help contestants hone in the practical, creative, social and professional skills needed for a college environment.
The weeklong program also gives a chance for the contestants to fine tune their skills with workshops designed to simulate what they would experience in an academic and professional environment.
According to Laura Szenas, the Ohio chair for DYW, the benefits of the program are remarkable for college readiness.
“One thing about this program is it gives them everything they need for the future,” Szenas said. “When they leave, they are completely changed within a week.”
Bidders can pick up their items Monday, from noon to 6 p.m., at First-Knox National Bank on Coshocton Road. Items not picked up by the deadline will be offered to the second highest bidder.
The 14 participants will arrive in Mount Vernon on Feb. 18. The program will take place on Feb. 24 and 25 at the Knox County Memorial Theater.