With the final night of Miss America on the horizon, many young women are wondering the same thing: how can I be part of the fun? That fun, of course, also comes with its fair share of hard work, and tonight, 52 women from across the United States will be vying for the crown and the title of Miss America 2017. Each year, over 10,000 women participate in local, state, and national pageants, and tonight, one lucky lady will go home with the crown, and the title of Miss America 2017.
How to Become a Contestant
The Miss America Organization is an non-profit organization, and the largest provider of scholarship to women in the United States. Millions of dollars and in-kind tuition waivers are granted each year to deserving young women, and since 2007, Miss America contestants have raised more than $13 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America Scholarships.
– Be between 17 and 24
– Be a US Citizen
– Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain city or state;
– Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization;
– Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements; and
– Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state, and national competition(s) in which you compete.
Contestants must win a local competition before they can represent their state. After becoming a state titleholder, contestants may compete (only once, though!) in the Miss America competition.
According to the organization’s website, there are a number of benefits to competing in the program. First and foremost, women can earn scholarships for college and grad school regardless of whether or not they win a title. Contestants also, “gain valuable experience and develop life skills that will benefit [their] everyday life (i.e. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.)”