The Miss America Foundation (MAF) strives to change lives and empower young women across the country and around the world. MAF proudly offers academic and community-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as endowed scholarships for those young women attending medical school, working in special areas for military service awareness, and in the performing arts.
MAF has joined education leaders in advocating for more young women to choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in all levels of education.
With Miss America’s reach into communities across the country, MAF serves as an exciting, and rather unconventional, advocate of STEM education. Hundreds of Miss America competitors have pursued STEM careers, but we believe there could be even more by inspiring other young women to explore STEM-related fields.
Since 2014, MAF has developed a solid working relationship with the U.S. Department of Education on STEM education initiatives.
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler was named as one of the Top One Hundred Women Leaders in STEM at the US World Report’s Annual STEM Conference in Dallas.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri has traveled the country and the globe talking about the importance of STEM education, including presentations at The White House, Clinton Global Initiative, and Wal-Mart and Whirlpool headquarters.
Studies show that first-year female college students are far less likely than their male peers to plan to major in a STEM field, and college majors directly influence the careers students pursue. As MAF continues to promote STEM education, we are proud to award the following scholarships.
The Miss America Foundation annually awards three (3) STEM scholarship awards of $5,000 each to three of the 52 national contestants who are excelling in STEM fields.
To be eligible, a state titleholder must be enrolled with a declared major field of study in science, technology, engineering, or math at a public or private two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school.
Five eligible finalists will be announced at the arrival ceremony in Atlantic City and will then be invited to meet, discuss, and substantiate the importance of their STEM studies to a judges panel. The recipients will be announced during competition week.
Women in Business
The Miss America Foundation is pleased to announce two (2) annual Women in Business scholarship awards of $5,000 each to two of the 52 national contestants who are studying business fields.
Four eligible finalists will be announced at the arrival ceremony in Atlantic City and will then be invited to meet, discuss, and interview with a judges panel. The recipients will be announced during competition week.