Miss America’s Teen Scholarships
Miss America's Teen
$1.5 million and counting
Just like Miss America, Miss America’s Teen has a scholarship program. Since its founding in 2005, Miss America’s Teen has paid nearly $1.5 million in cash scholarships for young women to over 200 colleges and universities across the nation. Tuition waivers have also been granted to program participants by dozens of institutions. We are grateful to the generous colleges and universities who provided scholarships to the candidates in the 2023 Miss America’s Teen National Competition.
These scholarships are not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America’s Teen, but are available to thousands of young women who compete at local, state, and national competitions as well.
We believe that education is key to success, and the Miss America & Miss America’s Teen are proud to be able to assist so many teens pursue their educational dreams.
Request your scholarships
In order to use your scholarships earned through the Miss America’s Teen program, please read the instructions below carefully. We have a strict scholarship administration process in place to ensure funds are used properly. Please note that there are two ways to submit your request depending on whether your scholarships were awarded before September 2020 or after. Please select the appropriate link below to submit your request.
September 2020-September 2022
If you have any questions about scholarships earned since September 2020 through September 2022, please contact the former foundation Majken Mechling or Lani LiCalzi
PRIOR TO September 2020
If you have questions about scholarships awarded prior to September 2020, please contact Donna Bozarth.
For the University of Alabama Four Year Scholarship and for all other inquiries,
please contact the new Miss America’s Scholarship Foundation.
Request scholarships earned September 2020 -September 2022
If you earned scholarships through the Miss America’s Teen program from September 2020 – September 2022, please submit your request to the former Foundation to either LaniLiCalzi@themissamericafoundation.org or MajkenMechling@themissamericafoundation.org.
For all others – Request an application and all supporting documents to Miss America’s Teen Organization.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Do I begin the Application Process?
The application process MUST begin within one (1) year of the candidates High School Graduation. MAOTeen uses the universal date of May 31st of your graduation year.
Is there an extension option if I am unable to apply my scholarship during the first year?
There is only one (1) extension opportunity for delegates within the scholarship program at the national Miss America’s Teen And Miss America levels. This is the Community Service Extension Program. This extension is for candidates who have made a commitment to pursue unpaid, community service full-time for a minimum of 6 months to 2 years. For information on the Community Service Extension Program contact your State Executive Director/Teen Director.
Can I request reimbursement if I have already paid my college expenses?
All scholarship awards are paid directly to the College, University or Financial Institution on behalf of the delegate. Delegates are not directly reimbursed for eligible expenses. It is recommended that delegates begin the process of applying for an award at least 45 days prior to the payment due date to ensure timely payments can be made on behalf of the delegate.
Can I request payment for prior semester expenses?
NO, all requests for payment must be made during the current semester with a receipt dated within the 45 days of the request to be eligible.
If I have enough scholarships to cover my college expenses, can I request that my MAOTeen Scholarship be paid directly to me?
NO, Miss America’s Teen Scholarships are only payable for college expenses as described in the Miss America’s Teen Rules & Regulations. Each candidate is required to review, acknowledge receipt of, sign, and have parent/guardian signature of the Scholarship Rules & Regulations prior to competing at the National level.
If my tuition statement reflects a “zero balance,” can my scholarship still be sent to my school so they can reimburse me?
NO, scholarship payments can only be made to tuition statements that have a current balance.
What do I do if I change schools?
You must change the school in your online application to identify the change and provide updated documentation that you are enrolled in the new school, inclusive of eligible hours you are registered with the new school.
If I begin the application process and decide to withdraw from school, what happens to my scholarship?
Scholarships are paid per semester only. You must submit a current tuition statement (within 45 days of receipt of the statement) showing a balance due for each semester. If a delegate withdraws prior to the withdrawal date, and your scholarship has been received by the College or University, the College or University will be required to refund the scholarship to the Scholarship Foundation.
I need a laptop computer for my College or University classes. Will my scholarship cover the cost of a laptop?
Please reference your signed Rules & Regulations for specific requirements for laptops and/or musical instruments.
If I order textbooks from some other place other than the school bookstore, will my scholarship pay for those books?
Books purchased at the school bookstore are covered by your scholarship and arrangements should be made with the bookstore to send the invoice directly to the Foundation for payment. It is the delegates responsibility to ensure that the invoice is provided, that the Foundation is notified, and that all required documents are presented for processing within the day window as outlined in the Miss America’s Teen Rules and Regulations.
Does my scholarship cover room and board?
YES, if you are a full-time student, living on campus housing and utilizing an on-campus meal plan, your scholarship is eligible to cover room and board. A full-time student is considered 12 credit hours or more to be eligible for room and board coverage.
Are there any circumstances where the Miss America's Teen Scholarship can be paid directly to me, even if I do not need it for college?
Unfortunately, no. Miss America’s Teen Scholarship Awards are for the payment of educational expenses as described in the Rules & Regulations that were provided to, acknowledged, and signed by all delegates and their parent/guardian prior to competing at the national level.