Become a Candidate

Become a candidate

Each year, thousands of young women participate at the local, state and national levels, culminating in the selection of 51 national finalists who compete for the title of Miss America or Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen). One of them could be you!

To compete for the national title, you must first register for membership in the Miss America Program. Membership gives you access to exclusive member benefits as well as the ability to compete in local competitions (where available). If you win a local competition, you can then compete in your state competition for a chance to compete at the national Miss America or MAOTeen Competition —a process requiring hard work, talent and personal commitment. Along the way, you can learn valuable life and career skills and earn thousands of dollars in scholarships to help pay for your education. Visit our registration page to learn more and see if you’re eligible!

Why enter? Because you can…

  • Gain valuable experience and develop life skills (e.g. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.)
  • Earn quality scholarship funds for college and graduate school, regardless of whether a title is won
  • Find new interests and discover new opportunities
  • Make lifelong friendships and relationships
  • Learn to set goals, follow them through and exceed your expectations
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for helping others
  • Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals
  • Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community

Where to start

To become a candidate, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26 for the Miss America system
  • Be between the ages of 13 and 18 for the MAOTeen system
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in your respective city or state
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state and national competition(s) in which you compete
  • Not be a candidate, titleholder, or representative of a competing program to the Miss America and MAOTeen programs

For more information on becoming a candidate, click below!

State Contact Information

Miss Alabama Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: nanjten@aol.com
E-mail Contact: Nan Teninbaum
Web Site: http://www.missalabama.com
Executive Director: Nan Tenimbaum

Miss Alaska Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

E-mail Address: alisashomes@yahoo.com
E-mail Contact: Alisa Parrent
Web Site: http://www.missalaskapageant.com
Executive Director: Alisa Parrent

Miss Arizona Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

E-mail Address: info@missarizona.org
E-mail Contact: Stacey Kole
Web Site: http://www.missarizona.org
Executive Director: Stacey Kole

Miss Arkansas Scholarship Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: info@missarkansas.org
E-mail Contact: Jessie Bennett
Web Site: http://www.missarkansas.org
Executive Director: Jessie Bennett

Miss California Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: info@misscalifornia.org
E-mail Contact: Russ Gladden
Web Site: http://www.misscalifornia.org
Executive Director: Russ Gladden

Miss Colorado Scholarship Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: mette@misscolorado.com & mark@misscolorado.com
E-mail Contact: Mette Castor & Mark Hinson
Web Site: www.misscolorado.com
Executive Director: Mette Castor & Mark Hinson

Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: ashleyr@missamericact.org
E-mail Contact: Ashley Reid
Web Site: http://www.missctamerica.org
Executive Director: Ashley Reid

Miss Delaware Scholarship Program

E-mail Address: traceyeng1963@gmail.com and gwleejr@aol.com
E-mail Contact: Tracey Eng & George Lee
Web Site: http://www.missde.org
Executive Directors: George Lee & Tracey Eng

Miss District of Columbia Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: MissDCAmerica@aol.com
E-mail Contact: Tricia Morrin Lloyd
Web Site: http://missdc.org
Executive Director: Tricia Morrin Lloyd

Miss Florida Scholarship Program, Inc.

E-mail Address: jkeithwilliams.2010@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Keith Williams
Web Site: http://www.missflorida.org
Executive Director: Keith Williams

Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition, Inc.

E-mail Address: trinaspruitt@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Trina Pruitt
Web Site: www.missgeorgia.net
State Executive Director: Trina Pruitt

Miss Hawaii Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: info@misshawaii.org
E-mail Contact: Blaine Dutro
Web Site: http://www.misshawaii.org
Executive Director: Blaine Dutro

Miss Idaho Scholarship Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: missidahoboard@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Heidi Brendle
Web Site: http://www.missidaho.org
Executive Director: Heidi Brendle

Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: susanshea8@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Susan Shea
Web Site: http://www.missillinois.org
Executive Director: Susan Shea

Miss Indiana Scholarship Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: aren@missindiana.org
E-mail Contact: Aren Straiger
Web Site: http://www.missindiana.org
Executive Director: Aren Straiger

Miss Iowa Scholarship Program Management Corporation

E-mail Address: executivedirector@missiowa.com
E-mail Contact: Leslie Moore
Web Site: http://www.missiowa.com
Executive Director: Leslie Moore

Miss Kansas Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: stephanieharrismko@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Stephanie Harris
Web Site: http://www.misskansas.org
Executive Director: Sue Givens and Tiffany Harrison

Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: brian@misskentucky.org
E-mail Contact: Brian Jeffries
Web Site: http://www.misskentucky.org
Executive Director: Brian Jeffries

Miss Louisiana Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: dewanalittle@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Dewana Little
Web Site: http://www.misslouisiana.com
Executive Director: Dewana Little

Miss Maine Scholarship Program, Inc.

E-mail Address: execdirector@missmaine.org
E-mail Contact: Sarah Nadeau-Balducci
Web Site: http://www.missmaine.org
Executive Director: Sarah Nadeau-Balducci

Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: sherry.rush@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Sherry Rush
Web Site: http://missmd.org/
Executive Director: Sherry Rush

Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

E-mail Address: dancgym@aol.com
E-mail Contact: Dolores “Buffy” Rabuffo
Web Site: http://www.missmass.org
Executive Director: Dolores “Buffy” Rabuffo

Miss Michigan Scholarship Program

E-mail Address: mmdirector@missmichigan.org
E-mail Contact: Paula DeWall
Web Site: http://www.missmichigan.org
Executive Director: Paula DeWall

Miss Minnesota Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: kathyshellum@missminnesota.org
E-mail Contact: Kathy Shellum
Web Site: http://www.missminnesota.org
Executive Director: Kathy Shellum

Miss Mississippi Corporation

E-mail Address: secretary@miss-mississippi.com
E-mail Contact: Miss Mississippi Corporation
Web Site: https://www.miss-mississippi.com/
Executive Director: W. David Blackledge

Miss Missouri Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: office@missmissouri.org
E-mail Contact: Alice Leonatti
Web Site: http://www.missmissouri.org
Executive Director: Alice Leonatti

Miss Montana Scholarship Program

E-mail Address: info@missamerica.org
E-mail Contact: TBD
Web Site: http://www.missmontana.com
Executive Director: TBD

Miss Nebraska Scholarship Program

Email: info@missnebraska.org
Email Contact: Peggy Fox
Web Site: www.missnebraska.org
Executive Director: Peggy Fox

Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization, LLC

Brooke Allen-Burnstein, PhD – brooke@missnevada.org
Jillian Helget – jillian@missnevada.org
Co-Executive Directors: Brooke Allen-Burnstein and Jillian Helget

Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, Inc.

E-mail Address: execassist@missnh.org
E-mail Contact: Megan Simons
Web Site: http://www.missnh.org
Co-Executive Directors: Brenda Keith, Claudette Jolin & Lynne Ulaky

Miss New Jersey Education Foundation

E-mail Address: dholtzman@missnj.org
E-mail Contact: David Holtzman
Web Site: http://www.missnewjersey.net
Executive Director: David Holtzman

Miss New Mexico Scholarship Competition

E-mail Address: missnewmexico@yahoo.com
E-mail Contact: Rhonda Haynes
Web Site: http://www.missnewmexico.org
Executive Director: Rhonda Haynes

Miss New York Scholarship Competition, Inc.

E-mail Address: sloane@miss-newyork.org
E-mail Contact: Sloane Lewis
Web Site: https://miss-newyork.org
Executive Director: Sloane Lewis

Miss North Carolina Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: susanwilliams@missnc.org
E-mail Contact: Susan Williams
Web Site: http://www.missnc.org
Executive Director: Susan Williams

Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: Kathrynkkj@hotmail.com
E-mail Contact: Kathy Jones
Web Site: http://www.missnorthdakota.org/
Executive Director: Kathy Jones

Miss Ohio Organization
(Mid-Ohio Scholarship Program)

E-mail Address: ed@missohio.org
E-mail Contact: Steven Oliveri
Web Site: http://www.missohio.org
Executive Director: Steven Oliveri

Miss Oklahoma Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: mop8908@aol.com
E-mail Contact: Kay Alexander
Web Site: http://www.missoklahoma.org
Executive Director: Kay Alexander

Miss Oregon Scholarship Program, Inc.

E-mail Address: directors@missoregon.org
E-mail Contact: Beth McShane
Web Site: http://www.missoregon.org
Executive Director: Beth McShane

Miss PA Scholarship Foundation Inc.

E-mail Address: debbiebutcher@yorklinks.net
E-mail Contact: Debbie Butcher
Web Site: Pending
Executive Director: Debbie Butcher

Miss Rhode Island Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: debidiorio@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Debi D’Iorio
Web Site: http://www.missri.org
Executive Director: Debi D’Iorio

Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: info@miss-sc.org
E-mail Contacts: Chaz Ellis and Ashley Byrd
Web Site: http://www.miss-sc.org
Co-Executive Directors: Chaz Ellis and Ashley Byrd

Miss South Dakota
(South Dakota State Scholarship Foundation, Inc.)

E-mail Address: september.kirby@misssd.org
E-mail Contact: September Kirby
Web Site: http://www.misssd.org
Executive Director: Kate Wismer

Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition

E-mail Address: colene.trent@misstennessee.org
E-mail Contact: Colene Trent
Web Site: www.MissTennessee.org
Executive Director: Colene Trent

Miss Texas Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: info@misstexas.org
E-mail Contact: Jan Mitchell
Web Site: http://www.misstexas.org
Executive Director: Jan Mitchell

Miss Utah Organization
(The Utah Scholarship Foundation)

E-mail Address: utahscholarshipfoundation@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Carly Condie
Web Site: https://missutah.org
Executive Director: Carly Condie

Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: executivedirector@missvermont.org
E-mail Contact: Darcie Fisher
Web Site: http://www.missvermont.org
Executive Director: Darcie Fisher

Miss Virginia Organization, Inc.

E-mail Address: mcgravely@missva.org
E-mail Contact: MC Gravely
Web Site: http://www.missva.com
Executive Director: MC Gravely

Miss Washington Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: peggy@misswashington.org
E-mail Contact: Peggy Miller
Web Site: http://www.misswashington.org
Executive Director: Peggy Miller

Miss West Virginia Organization

E-mail Address: shelleynicholsfranklin@gmail.com
E-mail Contact: Shelley Nichols Franklin
Web Site: https://www.misswestvirginia.org/
Executive Director: Shelley Nichols Franklin

Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

E-mail Address: directors@misswisconsin.com
E-mail Contact: Jeanne Schmal
Web Site: http://www.misswisconsin.com
Executive Director: Jeanne Schmal

Miss Wyoming Scholarship Organization

E-mail Address: chele@misswy.org
E-mail Contact: Chele Schamber
Web Site: http://www.misswyoming.com
Executive Director: Chele Schamber