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2012 Miss America Competition: Scholarships

Miss America $50,000
First Runner-Up 25,000
Second Runner-Up 20,000
Third Runner-Up 15,000
Fourth Runner-Up 10,000
Three Finalists ($7,000 each, contestants 6-8) 21,000
Two Finalists ($6,000 each, contestants 9-10). 12,000
Six Semi-Finalists ($4,000 each, contestants 11-16). 24,000
36 Non-Finalists ($3,000 each). 108,000
3 Preliminary Talent Winners ($2,000 each) 6,000
3 Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Winners ($1,000 each) 3,000
7 Non-Finalist Talent ($1,000 each) 7,000
Miss Congeniality 2,000
Quality of Life Winner 6,000
Quality of Life First Runner-Up 4,000
Quality of Life Second Runner-Up. 2,000
Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarships 25,000
Total Scholarships Awarded At National Level $340,000

The Quality of Life scholarship is given to women who excel in their commitment to enhance the quality of life for others through volunteerism and community service, the Miss America Organization funds three Quality of Life awards with special attention to depth of service, creativity of the project and the significant effects upon the lives of others.

The Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1992.  The will of Ervin Brown directed that a trust fund be created for the purpose of awarding ten $2,500 scholarships annually to specific contestants who compete in the national finals of the Miss America Pageant. 


$52,000   Miss America Academic Scholarship* (Total of 52 Awards, 1 per state) – awarded to the contestant competing at the state level for academic excellence.

$52,000   Miss America Community Service Scholarship* (Total of 52 awards, 1 per state) – awarded to the contestant demonstrating exemplary community service initiatives.

*Scholarship Administered by Scholarship America & funded by the Miss America Organization.


Scholarships available to anyone that has competed since 1998 at any level, local, state or national regardless of whether they have won a title or not.  These awards vary in number and amount awarded.

Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship  - In memory of Dr. David B. Allman, a past President of the American Medical Association, and later by Mrs. Allman, and funded by their estate, this scholarship is available to contestants wishing to enter the field of medicine. 

Eugenia Vellner-Fischer Award for the Performing Arts - This award sponsored by the family of Mrs. Fischer is for contestants wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts.  This includes dance, instrumental, monologue and vocal. 

Pyramid Scholarship for Public Relations and Marketing – The Pyramid scholarship is for women pursuing a career (undergraduate, master or higher) in marketing or public relations. 

The Miss America Organization is one of the world’s largest providers 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.  For more information, go to http://www.missamerica.org.

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