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History of the Award

The Miss America Scholar Award was established in 1998 as part of the Miss America Organization's initiative to increase scholarship giving at the state and local levels. An award of $1,000 will be offered to one woman in each state and District of Columbia, competing at the state level, for academic excellence.


This award will be administered exclusively by the Scholarship America. National office will notify the state executive director who can plan the award ceremony as part of his or her state pageant.

Eligibility Requirements

This competition is opened only to those competing at the state level. State pageant officials are responsible for verifying eligibility of recipients. Each applicant must complete an application, along with a complete, official transcript of grades, as specified on the application form.

Judging Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated strictly on academics, though Scholarship America will have the ability to properly weight the grades in terms of the course content, academic standing of the institution, and other factors which are part of the normal evaluation process in admission procedures.

Submission Requirements

Applicants must submit official transcripts of the immediate prior two years (4 semesters) of academic study. These transcripts will be accompanied by the Miss America Scholar application. There is one application for the Miss America Scholar and the Miss America Community Service Award.

Disbursement of Funds

Disbursements will be handled by the Miss America Organization. Funds may be used by winners as set forth in the scholarship rules and regulations of the National Office, but forfeit by the recipients' individual state programs.

Notes Concerning Duplicate Winners in Miss America Community Service Award and Miss America Scholar

A contestant may not win both the Miss America Community Service Scholarship and the Miss America Scholar award. Top consideration will be given to the Miss America Community Service Award. If one contestant ranks highest for both awards, she will be selected as the winner of the Miss America Community Service Scholarship. The next best scholar will be the recipient of the Miss America Scholar.

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