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Earn Scholarships
Many young women like you pay for their college education with Miss America and Miss America Outstanding Teen Scholarships.

Make A Difference
Our program provides a forum for raising awareness and affecting change for social issues that are important to you.

Gain Experience
Whatever your career or academic goals, the skills you'll acquire through the Miss America Organization will help ready you for real world challenges.

Create Opportunities
Showcase your talents...be recognized for your knowledge and abilities...meet influential people.

What Is Expected of a Contestant?

Consistent with the job responsibilities and the Miss America philosophy, women are being sought with the best composite of the following qualities and attributes of Miss America.

  • Role model who cares about her role and other women's roles in society;

  • Physically conscientious women with a confident and commanding presence;

  • An ambassador and public relations representative of the Miss America Organization;

  • Considered both talented and intelligent;

  • An activist on issues she deems important;

  • Independent and eloquent communicator with the courage of her convictions;

  • Accomplished individual whose diversity represents a composite of the "Best of Modern Women."

  • A leader by virtue of her experiences;

  • One who takes personal pride in physical fitness and health.

  • Raise $100 (local competition) donation for Miss America and the Children's Miracle Network www.MissAmerica4kids.org.


Determining Your Eligibility to Compete

Every local pageant has specific geographic eligibility requirements, based on where you live, attend school full-time or work full-time, however, all pageants share the same general eligibility requirements.

To compete you must:

  • Must be at least 17 by contestant's first Local Pageant but no older than 24. (See further detail regarding age eligibilty below)

  • Single, never been married.

  • Live, work full time, or attend school full time in Maryland.

  • Be at least a high school senior.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization.

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the Miss Maryland program should you win the title. Should you win a local title, raise $250.00 for the Miss America National Platform: Children's Miracle Network.

Additional Information Regarding Age Eligibility:
The age eligibility requirements are based on a calendar year ending December 31st, not a pageant cycle, and remain unchanged.

Section 2 of the Contestant Contracts state:

2.2. Age. I am currently ____ years of age. I was born on _______________, 19_____. I understand that, in order to be eligible to compete, I must: (1) be a high school senior before the date of my first Local competition; (2) have been at least seventeen (17) years of age at the time of my first appearance in the preliminary round of the Local or State competition that I am entering in anticipation of this yearís National Finals, and (2) be no older than twenty-four (24) years of age on December 31, 2015. A copy of my birth certificate and a copy of my driverís license or a government issued identification card are included with Attachment A, the Supplemental Fact Sheet. A contestant cannot be older than twenty-four (24) years of age on December 31st of the year she is chosen to represent her state in the National Finals. Please note According to the Contestant Contracts for the 2015 local competition leading to your 2014 State Competition, a contestant cannot be 25 years old before December 31st 2015.

Local & State Phases of Competition!
Competitions scored on a scale of 1 through 10 using whole numbers only.
Interview 25%
On-Stage Question 5%
Talent 35%
Evening Wear 20%
Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit 15%


Apply today!
If you are interested in receiving more information about becoming a contestant in the Miss Maryland Pageant or a local pageant, send an email with your name, age, address and phone number to missmd@allconet.org.