Miss America Foundation Scholarships
The Miss America Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the United States of America. The MAF is a separate, stand-alone foundation that supports Miss America’s education mission of providing quality scholarship assistance to women in America, regardless of their background or circumstances.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Tax ID number: 27-0390958.
The Former Miss America Discretionary Scholarship Application
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The following scholarships are available to anyone who has competed at the local, state, or national level since 2007, regardless of whether a title was won:
Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
Established in memory of Dr. David B. Allman, a past president of the American Medical Association, the Allman Medical Scholarship is awarded to current or former contestants who currently study or aspire to enter the field of medicine. One or more scholarships per year may be awarded depending upon the qualifications of applicants. The scholarship is funded annually by the Allman Medical Trust, an endowed fund of The Miss America Foundation, Inc.
Jean Bartel for Military Awareness Scholarship
Millions of Americans have answered the call to serve their country, and Miss America 1943 Jean Bartel was an ardent supporter of the Armed Forces – having raised over $2.5 million in Series-E war bonds during her reign as Miss America – approximately $34 million in today’s dollars. Established in Jean’s memory, this $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a qualified applicant who has fulfilled a legitimate need in their community through the creation, development, and/or participation in a community-based project or event to support and raise awareness of the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protect our freedom.
The following scholarships are available to anyone who has competed at the local, state, or national level in the current year, regardless of whether a title was won:
Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship - $2,000
The Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Tiffany Phillips, the teenage daughter of Steve and Dana Phillips of Oregon. Tiffany, who lost her life in a tragic accident in 1998, was both an outstanding scholar and an exceptional athlete. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding scholar-athlete who competed at the local, state, or national level during the current year, regardless of whether a title was won. The scholarship is funded in equal grants from Steve and Dana Phillips and The Miss America Foundation, Inc.
The following scholarships are available to any state titleholder currently competing at the national level:
The Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award - $12,000
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - $25,000 ($5,000 each for five recipients)
In honor of Miss America 1943’s memory, the Jean Bartel Quality of Life recipients are chosen from qualified applicants who excel in their commitment to enhance the quality of life for others through volunteerism and community service, with emphasis on the depth of service, the creativity of the project, and the significant effects UPON the lives of others.
$6,000 Quality of Life Winner
$4,000 First Runner-up
$2,000 Second Runner-up
The STEM scholarship recipients are chosen from the contestants currently competing for the title of Miss America who are enrolled with a declared field of study in science, technology, engineering, or math. The scholarships are funded by private benefactors.
Miracle Maker Award - $5,000
The Miracle Maker Award — funded jointly by MAF and CMN Hospitals — is a $5,000 scholarship awarded to the individual contestant competing for the title of Miss America 2016 who has raised the most money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Charles & Theresa Brown Scholarships - $25,000 ($2,500 each for 10 recipients)
Through the estate of Ervin Brown, the Charles & Theresa Brown Scholarship is offered under the administration of National City Bank Trustee. Ten scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded to the new Miss America and nine other eligible contestants currently competing in the Miss America Competition.
John Curran Non-Finalist Interview Award - $1,000
The John Curran Non-Finalist Interview Award is a national scholarship established in John’s memory and is awarded to a non-finalist competitor with the highest score in the interview phase of the competition and whose field of study is Communications or Journalism. The scholarship is funded by Lois Elaine Smith-Zoll.
Louanne Gamba (Lulu) Instrumental Award - $500
The Louanne Gamba (Lulu) Instrumental Award is a national scholarship established in Louanne’s memory and is awarded to a state titleholder competing for Miss America who is an instrumentalist and earns the highest score in the talent phase of competition. The scholarship is funded by the family’s request in lieu of flowers.
The following scholarships are available to (1) current state competitors and to (2) state organizations for the benefit of their state scholarship funds:
Academic Achievement Award* - $52,000 ($1,000 each for 52 states)
The Academic Achievement Award is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to the contestant competing at the state level who best demonstrates academic excellence.
Community Service Award* - $52,000 ($1,000 each for 52 states)
The Community Service Award is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to the contestant competing at the state level who demonstrates exemplary community service.
Miracle Maker Awards - $10,000 ($5,000 for two recipients)
The Miracle Maker Awards — funded jointly between MAF and CMN Hospitals — are presented to (1) the state organization that has raised the most funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to (2) the state organization that has raised the most funds per contestant average. Each state organization receives $5,000 for the benefit of the state’s scholarship fund.
Academy of Honor - $5,000
The Academy of Honor was established in 1996 to honor dedicated volunteers who have provided more than 20 years of outstanding service to the Miss America Organization at the state or local levels. The recipient’s state organization receives $5,000 for the benefit of the state’s scholarship fund.
*Scholarship administered by Scholarship America and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.
Total scholarships funded by The Miss America Foundation: $210,000
The Miss America Foundation is a separate, stand-alone foundation that supports The Miss America Organization’s education mission of providing quality scholarship assistance to young women in America.
The Miss America Foundation, Inc. is duly recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Federal Tax ID: 27-0390958.