Dakota State University Delivers Multi-Faceted Support to The Miss America Organization’s Mission of Education


Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University to Sponsor New Scholarship and the Miss America 2020 Preliminary Competition
Dakota State University Delivers Multi-Faceted Support to The Miss America Organization’s Mission of Education

Uncasville, CT (December 10, 2019) – The Miss America Organization (MAO) is pleased to announce that The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University (DSU) has pledged their support. MAO’s mission of preparing great women for the world and the world for great women will be advanced by DSU’s funding of a new, $5000 scholarship. This cash award, which is open to all 51 candidates, is given by Dakota State University to broaden recognition of the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) education.

The granting of this scholarship will be based on a writing sample prepared by each candidate during the week of the competition. A panel will judge the essays and the winner will be announced at the Miss America Tribute Show on Tuesday, December 17th at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre.

“We’re recognized nationally as a computer and cyber science center of excellence. When you consider our ninety-nine percent placement rate and affordable tuition, we provide one of the best values in education” said Dr. Jose’ Marie Griffiths, President of Dakota State University. As a sponsor of the writing component for this year’s Miss America competition, she said Dakota State University will broaden the recognition of Beacom College as an excellent and affordable national leader in computer sciences education.

The college is also making available an in-kind scholarship for the cash scholarship winner to enroll in up to four (4) years of undergraduate studies, including tuition, room, and board at Dakota State University or scholarship for tuition to complete one degree of graduate studies.

The University will also serve as the title sponsor of the first-ever live stream of the two nights of the Miss America preliminary competitions on Sunday, December 15 and Monday, December 16, at 7 p.m. EST.

“Miss America has a long tradition of providing scholarships for young women to further their education. We welcome a national leader in cyber education in support of our mission,” said
Shantel Krebs, board chair for the Miss America Organization. “This aligns with the organization’s goal of empowering women to be the best they can be through learning, service, leadership and communication skills.”


About the Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 works to empower young women through education and service. Miss America candidates contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $19 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c) (3), provides academic, community service, and other scholarships to young women.

About Dakota State University
Dakota State University is located in Madison, S.D. Founded in 1881, DSU offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in arts and sciences, business and information systems, computer and cyber sciences, and education. DSU has a special focus on the development, application, implications, and impacts of computing, information technologies, and cybersecurity. Many of these efforts are housed in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. Emerging early in the technology era, the college has developed into a nationally recognized and pioneering institution of innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, and world-class scholarship and education.

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To schedule an interview with Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, CEO Regina Hopper, or members of
the Miss America 2020 production team, please contact Rebekah Shufelt
518-469-9326 or Rebekah@missamerica.org.

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