The Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition is a 501(c)3 organization and an official preliminary competition to Miss Minnesota and Miss America.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Social Impact Statement (SIS) or Platform?

In 1989, the Miss America Organization founded the platform concept, which requires each candidate to choose an issue she is passionate about and is relevant to our country. Miss America and state titleholders use their position to address community service organizations, businesses, civic leaders, the media and others about their platform issues.

 

Since the conception of the platform, Miss America titleholders have appeared at thousands of public speaking engagements and charitable events to generate awareness for a broad variety of causes, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention, domestic violence, diabetes awareness, character education, and literacy.

 

The Miss America Competition in September 2018 saw the evolution of the platform with its increased emphasis in the competition. Now called the Social Impact Initiative, each Miss candidate has more opportunity than ever to tell others about the cause her title has allowed her to promote. She is asked about it not only in her private interview but in her onstage question and evening wear presentation, as well. 

 

What is a year like as Miss Minnesota?

Once crowned, Miss Minnesota embarks on her year of service. As a spokesperson for the program and Minnesota, and advocate for her SII, Miss Minnesota travels throughout the state, addressing diverse audiences. It is her opportunity to develop her skill set, communicate her passion and create a bond of support with others as she serves.

 

Can I represent my state at the national Miss America Competition more than once?

A candidate must first win a local competition, then compete to represent her state to become Miss America.  It requires significant personal commitment, hard work, and talent. A woman may compete at the state level more than once, but may only represent her state in the Miss America Competition one time. 

 
Is there an entry fee to compete?

There is not an entry fee to compete in the Miss America system. However, each local candidate of the Miss Hastings Scholarship Program is required to raise $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), which is the Miss America National Initiative. The Miss Hastings Outstanding Teen Program has an entry fee of $100 in lieu of the required CMN donation. It goes to the Miss Hastings Scholarship Program to offset our operating expenses.

 

Are the Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen program different than Miss USA?

Yes, they are different.

 

The Miss America Organization (MAO) is a non-profit organization whereas Miss USA/Miss Universe is a for-profit company. Catalina Swimsuits founded the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in 1952 as promotion tools after discontinuing their sponsorship to Miss America. Moreover, while some young women compete in both Miss America and Miss USA, the two systems are completely separate. And no, the Miss America Organization has never been owned by Donald Trump. That was the for-profit Miss USA system. Again, all of MAO is a non-profit charitable organization. 

 

What are the competition categories at Miss Minnesota and Miss America?
  • The preliminary competition for multi-day events (competitions with 21 or more candidates) includes:

    • Artistic Expression (Talent - 50%)

    • Presence and Poise (Social Impact Pitch- 15%)

    • Social Impact Initiative Awareness (Onstage Interview Question - 15%)

    • Presentation and Community Achievement (Private 10-minute Interview - 20%)​​

  • Finals night for a multi-day competition includes:

    • Composite Score​​​​​ - (Preliminary score totals minus high and low scores - 25%)

    • Artistic Expression (Talent - 30%)

    • Presence and Poise (Social Impact Pitch - 20%)

    • Social Impact Initiative Awareness (Onstage Interview Question - 25%​​​)

  • Top 5 Ranking and Final Ballot for a multi-day competition:
    • First-place votes - 100 points

    • Second-place votes - 50 points

    • Third-place votes - 30 points

    • Fourth-place votes - 20 points

    • Fifth-place votes - 10 points

  • Please look for local competition information on our Compete page.

Additional Information

Scholarship Information

The Miss America Organization is currently the world’s leading provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Each competition is an opportunity for young women to voice their thoughts in culture, politics, and community. Scholarship awards help further their education toward college, technical, or postgraduate degrees. 

 

Are scholarships available for those who do not win a title?

Absolutely! There are several types of scholarships available at the local, state and national levels of competition. Even if you do not earn a title, you are still eligible for scholarship assistance. More information is available at missamericafoundation.org.