What are the benefits?
You want to earn a college degree, but it's going to take a lot of money. Maybe you have to foot the bill yourself, or maybe you want to ease your parents' financial burden. Perhaps you're a leader who takes pride in paying your own way.
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to the over 12,000 young women who compete in the state and local competitions as well.
Today, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs as well as the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. Scholarships have been the cornerstone of the Miss America program since 1945 when Bess Myerson was the first Miss America to receive a scholarship from the Organization.
Participating in the Miss America system not only helps you pay for college and prepare for a career, it also provides an opportunity to gain additional life experience, working on issues of importance to society, enhancing your personal and professional skills and developing your performance-related and other talents.
The following is the Mission Statement for the Miss America Organization.
To provide unique opportunities for young American women to win financial assistance in the nature of scholarship awards as a means of achieving their educational goals, and to create an maintain a system and produce role models representing positive wholesome American values.
To extend the benefits of the Miss America Scholarship Program beyond those young women who choose to compete for the crown of Miss America by providing scholarships to colleges and universities.
To utilize the Miss America name to promote generally those issues of concern to the American women, and to encourage and promote the role of all aspects of our society.
To recognize women who have made outstanding contributions in all fields of endeavor and specifically to women's issues.
To encourage the spirit of volunteerism throughout the Miss America Pageant's network of local and state pageants and to promote good will and civic and economic benefits in the towns and cities which host the competitions leading to the Miss America crown.
Miss Chattahoochee Valley
Miss Chatt is a preliminary to Miss Alabama / Miss America
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Photo Courtesy of Miss Alabama
Miss America 2014
Miss Alabama 2014