Miss America Organization to Award Empower Scholarships in Advance of 2022 State Competitions

Empower Academy On Stage Awards

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SEWELL, NJ (July 2022) – The Miss America Organization today announced it will award a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to one young woman in each state and the District of Columbia who register for the Miss America Program. The Empower Scholarship will allow participants to gain access to professional development training, networking, public speaking skills and opportunities to compete in on-stage competitions with the potential to earn additional scholarship awards as they prepare for the 2022 state competitions. The Miss America Organization is a leading provider of scholarships for women in the United States, granting moneys annually for academic and community-based scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as endowment scholarships for those young women attending
medical school, working in special areas for military service awareness and in the performing arts. The scholarship will be awarded by random selection to all registered participants, including Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

“The Empower Scholarship, our latest offering to our program participants, further strengthens The Miss America Organization’s long-standing commitment to providing financial support to young women in the pursuit of higher education,” said Shantel Krebs, Chair of the Board and Interim President and CEO. “We thank our donors for their continued belief in our mission and understanding the life-changing value a woman’s education can provide.”

Reinforcing the motto of “top scholarship provider for women,” the total cash bestowed to the 51 candidates at the 2021 Miss America competition reached a historic high, totaling $435,500. Furthermore, the cumulative distribution of funds for both all Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen state title holders is $1.107 million. The Miss America Organization awards more than $5 million in cash scholarships each year and millions more in-kind per year to the thousands of participants through national, state and local programs. “With 74% of student loan debt in the United States carried by women, The Miss America Organization remains committed to expanding our scholarship offerings as best we can,” continued Krebs.

For more information on the Miss America Organization, go to missamerica.org. For more information on candidate registration, please visit missamerica.org/sign-up. Tickets and other purchases help support the candidates and their educational endeavors.