Madeline Morris Collins

West Virginia 2018

Madeline Morris Collins

State: West Virginia

School: Columbia University Graduate School

College Major: Master of Social Work

Scholarship Winnings: $5,500.00

Social Impact Initiative: Think About It: Awareness and Advocacy for Mental Health

Miss America empowered me to: push myself into new and unfamiliar challenges, enabling me to continue to work on behalf of the most fragile and marginalized in our society.

Bio: Madeline is a graduate of West Virginia University where she received a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Madeline will attend Columbia University to pursue a Masters of Social Work. Inspired by the struggles of family members, Madeline created the Think About It campaign to bring awareness to mental health and advocate for mental wellness. Madeline advocates for improvements in mental health care, encouraging lifestyles that promote mental wellness, and working to de- stigmatize mental illness.

Madeline is a dance professional, with more than 20 years of training. She spent the last year employed by the Walt Disney Corporation as a dancer, performing in numerous parades and events, including the 2017 Magical World of Disney Christmas Spectacular on ABC.

Photo credit: Yachin Parham