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.”
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.