The Miss America Education Mission
WE FUND SCHOLARS!
Miss America Organization is one of the largest providers of scholarships to women in the world. Each year the organization offers millions in scholarships to its competitors. Yes, every contestant gets a scholarship.
The Miss America Foundation strives to change lives and influence young women across the country and around the world. We proudly offer academic and community-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as endowed scholarships for those young women attending medical school, working in special areas for military service awareness, and in the performing arts.
We have joined education leaders in advocating for more young women to choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in all levels of education.
With Miss America's reach into communities across this country, we serve as an exciting and rather unconventional advocate of STEM education. Hundreds of Miss America competitors have pursued STEM careers, but we believe there could be even more by inspiring other girls and young women to explore their interest in STEM related fields.
Over the last two years, Miss America has developed a solid working relationship with the U.S. Department of Education on STEM education initiatives. Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler, was named as one of the Top One Hundred Women Leaders in STEM, at the US World Report's Annual STEM Conference in Dallas and Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, has traveled the country talking about the importance of STEM education including the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, and at Walmart and Whirlpool headquarters.
The Miss America Foundation has also created a scholarship specifically for young women studying in the STEM fields. STEM scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to two of the 53 contestants who are competing for the title of Miss America. To be eligible, a state titleholder must be enrolled with a declared major field of study in science, technology, engineering, or math at a public or private two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Five eligible finalists will be announced at the arrival ceremony in Atlantic City. The selected contestants will then be invited to meet, discuss, and substantiate the importance of their studies to a judges' panel. The recipients will be announced during competition week.
The Miss America education tradition is its strongest year yet with over 300,000 volunteers and thousands of young women and their families in small towns, big cities and university campuses across this country, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.