The Miss America Foundation, together with The Miss America Organization and its 52 licensed organizations, is the nation’s largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers.


Benefits of the Miss America Scholarship Program


MAO provides ample opportunities for our participants to obtain multiple and substantial scholarships through their participation, regardless of whether they win a title, and MAO has generous timelines for accessing scholarship funds. The organization actively seeks sponsors and donors to support the contestants’ post-secondary ambitions.


MAO not only provides generous scholarship amounts and usage timelines, but also allows extensions and appeals if the original timelines would prevent a participant from using her scholarship. In addition, the MAO national policy allows its participants to use the scholarship for student loan repayment, which is a huge asset.


MAO volunteers, board members, and staff care deeply about honoring the scholarships and about the development of young women.  MAO cares about scholarship program improvement to maximize all possible resources for our participants.



Miss America operates a very generous, well-designed, thoughtful scholarship program.  The policies and practices reflect the flexibility and care with which the organization endeavors to meet the needs of scholarship recipients, while maintaining compliance with IRS, higher education, and foundation rules and policies.

At a time when women are fully engaged in the workforce but also underrepresented compared to their male counterparts in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)-related fields and in the political arena, The Miss America Organization is proud to play its role in empowering women to achieve their dreams through needed, quality scholarship assistance.

For more information, please review the Miss America Scholarship Overview.