Miss America Scholarship Organization

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The Miss America Pageant is a competition which awards scholarships for college and graduate school to American women between the ages of 17 to 24. Miss America travels about 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours. She tours the nation promoting her particular platform of interest. Miss America also spends her year fundraising and working with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals around the country.

The Miss America Pageant is run by the Miss America Organization, a non-profit corporation based in Linwood, New Jersey. According to the Miss America Organization, the Miss America Pageant’s purpose is “to provide young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community-based programs.”


The Miss America Pageant’s origins lie in a 1920 event entitled The Fall Frolic. Held on September 25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the event was designed to bring business to the Boardwalk: “three hundred and fifty gaily decorated rolling wicker chairs were pushed along the parade route. Three hundred and fifty men pushed the chairs. However, the main attractions were the young ‘maidens’ who sat in the rolling chairs, headed by a Miss Ernestine Cremona, who was dressed in a flowing white robe and represented “Peace.”

The Competition

Over the years, the Miss America pageant has continued to grow from its roots, first developing into a beauty pageant and then into the world renowned scholarship pageant it is today. Miss America contestants compete in 5 areas of competition. For preliminary competition, Miss America contestants compete in interview (35%), talent (35%), swimsuit (15%), evening gown (20%) and on-stage question (5%). For the final competition, the top 16 move on to compete in swimsuit again. From there, the competition is narrowed down to a top 10, who compete again in evening gown competition. The contestants are narrowed down once more to 8, who compete in talent and on stage question. From there, judges rank the top 5 contestants in the order they believe they should finish.

For more information on the Miss America Pageant and Miss America Organization, visit their website below.

Interesting Facts

  • - The 2014 National Competition heralded the Miss America Organization's triumphant return to its home in Atlantic City. With the ABC telecast of that night breaking all viewership ratings for the past nine years, Miss America was forever reestablished as the iconic symbol of young women striving for excellence in the boardwalk competition of its birth. (courtesy of MAO)
  • - In 2000, state and local contestants collectively participated in 12,384 community-service projects, dedicating a total of 571,177 hours and raising millions of dollars for worthy causes. (courtesy of MAO)
  • - In 2007, the Miss America Organization adopted Children's Miracle Network Hospitals as its national charitable partner, raising funds for hospitalized children across the country and the Miss America Scholarship Fund. To date, our local, state and national contestants have raised over $9.5 million and made countless appearances on behalf of the children treated in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. (courtesy of MAO)
  • - In 1989, the Miss America Organization founded the platform concept, which requires each contestant to choose an issue about which she cares deeply and that is of relevance to our society. (courtesy of MAO)

Miss America Scholarship Organization Pageant Reviews

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Miss America 2015 (the 88th Miss America pageant) was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri crowned the winner, Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, making it the third consecutive year that a Miss New York won the Miss America crown; New York thus became […]...

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Miss America 2013 is Mallory Hagan! Phases of competition for Miss America include interview, swimsuit, onstage interview, talent and evening gown. Read More...

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Miss America 2009 is Katie Stam!

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Miss America 1965 is Vonda Van Dyke!