Join an Elite Group of Women!

  • Earn Scholarships:  Many young women like you pay for their college education with Miss America and Miss America’s 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  *

Determining Your Eligibility to Compete

Every local pageant may have 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:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 25.
  • 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.

Types of Pageants

  • Open Pageants: You must be a resident, full-time employee, or full-time student at a college or university in the state of Maryland.
  • Closed Pageants: You must be a resident of the specified county, full-time employee in the specified county, or full-time student in a college or university located in the specified county.
  • College Pageants: You must be a full-time student at the listed college or university.

What is required to register for a local pageant?

  • Resumé ( Download Template)
  • Platform Statement (Download Template)
  • Local Contestant Contract (Provided by Local Pageant)
  • $100 in donations raised for Children’s Miracle Network (Register here to begin fundraising)*

The road to Miss America begins in a town near you. To find your local pageant in Maryland, visit the Local Pageants page.

Apply today!
If you are interested in receiving more information about becoming a contestant in the Miss Maryland Pageant or a local pageant, request detailed information here!


*CMN Fundraising Cap Update:   The Miss America Organization has announced that the fundraising cap for contestants competing in locals for CY18 will increase from $400 to $500.