MARCA.com — Contrary to the glamour associated with beauty pageants, the Miss America competition stands out for its distinct focus on scholarship and service.
To vie for Miss America, candidates must navigate a multifaceted competition that emphasizes talent, communication skills, and a commitment to social impact.
Each participant advocates for a chosen platform, showcases a unique talent, undergoes private interviews, and speaks about her Social Impact Initiative during the evening wear competition.
How much money does the winner get?
Unlike other pageants, Miss America doesn’t offer cash prizes, TV contracts, or modeling deals; instead, it exclusively awards scholarships to empower women in their academic and professional endeavors.
The elimination of the swimsuit competition in 2018 marked a significant shift, aligning the pageant more closely with its emphasis on service and scholarship. Miss America, under the leadership of Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson, recognized that women need not model swimsuits to earn scholarships.
Contrary to the winner-takes-all model, Miss America offers a $50,000 scholarship to the titleholder. Additionally, the top 15 finalists, along with various category winners like talent and interview scholarships, receive educational grants. This commitment to recognizing diverse accomplishments is extended at every level, from local and state competitions to the national stage.
Miss America is not just a competition; it’s a sisterhood that fosters connections among passionate, talented women spanning different generations. Beyond the glitz of the crown lies a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to making a positive impact in their communities.
Crucially, the backbone of the Miss America organization is its volunteers. Their tireless efforts in fundraising, event organization, candidate preparation, and securing sponsorships ensure the success of the pageant. The four points on the iconic crown – service, style, scholarship, and success – symbolize the core traits that define a Miss America candidate.
In essence, Miss America transcends the realm of traditional beauty pageants, embodying a commitment to education, service, and a supportive sisterhood that extends beyond the glittering stage.
What did Miss America Teen Winner win?
Along with the title, Hanley House will receive a prize package of $60,000 in tuition scholarships to attend a school of her choice or a 4-year Presidential Scholarship to the University of Alabama.
During her year of service, Hanley will travel across the country and use her platform to raise awareness about the importance of “Passion to Profit.” She will also serve as a role model for young girls and a brand ambassador for the Miss America’s Teen program.