Air Force Officer.
Madison Marsh is the second Miss Colorado to earn the title of Miss America. Madison is spending her year traveling the country inspiring women and advocating for military careers while pursing her Master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University. Her goal is to break stereotypes about women the military and women in pageantry, while inspiring women everywhere to chase their goals.
Quick Facts About Madison
- Studying Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
- Graduated the Air Force Academy
- Earned $60,000+ in scholarships through the Miss America Opportunity
- Founded the Whitney Marsh to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Following a week of packed nights of showcasing talent, interview skills and community service achievements, one outstanding woman was crowned on stage to a standing ovation at the 102nd Anniversary Miss America competition Sunday night inside the award-winning Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Madison Marsh, representing as Miss Colorado, was crowned 2024 Miss America and awarded $60,000 in tuition scholarship for winning. This was the second time Colorado has been crowned Miss America in the illustrious history of the iconic institution.
As 2024 Miss America, Marsh, 22, will travel throughout the US during her reign as a representative of the Miss America. The primary function of Miss America is to serve as an inspiration and role model for young women while sharing her passion and life story, as well as continue the legacy of the Miss America competition.
Marsh, who earned over $70,000+ in tuition scholarship assistance through her state and Miss America competitions, will use her national platform to continue advocating for “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness” having lost her mother to cancer when Madison was only 17 years old. Marsh is in her freshman year at the Harvard University where she is currently majoring in Public Policy. Through her community service initiative, her goal is to create awareness of Pancreatic Cancer and advocate for research, For the talent portion of the contest in Orlando, Florida, she delivered a monologue about difficulties she overcame when she completed her first solo flight as a private pilot at the age of 16.
“I’m very excited to get to represent women who can break stereotypes,” Marsh, 22, said in an interview that the pageant shared on its Instagram page after her win. Dedicating her victory to her mother, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2018, she also remarked: “You can achieve anything … If I can come from a small town, not being a part of the pageant community, step into this role, so can you.”
“To my momma – this whole year is for you,” Marsh also wrote on Monday. “If you were in the audience last night, I know you would have been my first hug. The world is about to know your story, light and love.”
The Air Force was among the first to congratulate Marsh after she topped the field of 51 competitors. “Congratulations to our very own airman, 2nd Lt Madison Marsh, Miss Colorado – who was just crowned Miss America 2024!” the military branch wrote on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, late that same evening. “Marsh is the first active duty service member to ever win the title. #AimHigh.”