Taylor Lee Ballard

Oregon 2018

Taylor Lee Ballard

State: Oregon

School: Portland State University

College Major: Bachelor of Science in Communications

Scholarship Winnings: $17,050

Social Impact Initiative: “Confidence Under Construction,” stemmed from my body insecurity and lack of self-confidence. As I strive toward continued self- improvement, I want to help others construct their confidence and the belief that they are enough. My social impact does not focus on working with one organization, but rather with various organizations to encourage, support and serve as a confidante for others no matter their personal struggle.

Miss America Empowered me to:  be a better person every day, to treat others with the utmost respect and know that everyone has a story. I an empowered to be more active in my community with my social impact work that allows me to encourage anyone and everyone no matter their insecurities. To trust that I am enough and to instill that knowledge in others. Miss America is truly more than a crown, she is a real woman making a difference wherever she goes.

Bio: Waterski show skiing and dance have been Taylor’s lifelong passions. She drew on her passions and created “Confidence Under Construction”, helping others feel confident in who they are. She has empowered others as a professional dance team captain, track coach, waterski team coach for girls, and as a volunteer for Girls, Inc., the SMART reading program for children and multiple other charities. Taylor graduated in the Top 15% of her class at Portland State University, earning her Communications degree. She started a career in marketing as a manufacturer’s sales representative. Taylor is looking forward to earning her MBA, specializing in sports management.

Photo credit: Yachin Parham