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!