The Miss America Organization is the leading provider of scholarships for young women in the world. Each year, more than $41 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance is made available to the 12,000 young women who compete in the system across the country on the local, state and national levels.
Today, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and one of the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. Participating not only helps young women pay for college and prepare for a career, it also provides an opportunity for them to gain additional life experience by, working on issues of importance to society, enhancing their personal and professional skills and developing their performance-related and other talents.
Over the past 42 years, the Miss Klamath County-Miss City of Sunshine Scholarship Program has been fortunate to award in excess of one million dollars in scholarships and awards to local participants. However, were it not for the philanthropic community including businesses, individuals and civic associations, this program would not be possible!
Miss America is a global advocate for social and political issues that touch everyone's lives. Though it is Miss America herself who fills the spotlight during her year of service, the Miss America Organization is built on a vast network of grassroots support--individuals and communities who believe that service in ones community is a means to show patriotism as well as a way to gain depth of character.
Candidates at all levels of the Miss America program from local organization in “Anytown, USA” to the national telecast in Atlantic City, are required to clearly define a social impact platofrm to which they are sincerely committed and for which each will be an activist during her year of service. Reflecting the range of contestants with different backgrounds and viewpoints, the platforms are as diverse and varied as America itself.
Over the course of our existence, local contestants have promoted and advocated for such platforms as Literacy, Character Education, Breast Cancer Awareness, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education, Early Childhood Education, and a host of other issues highly relevant to our community, our state and our nation. Contestants have given thousands of hours in volunteer service to a myriad of organizations in our community.
"Helping a titleholder to win a state crown is exciting, but it is not our ultimate goal. Quite simply our priority is to help all of our local contestants in both the "miss" and "teen" programs to discover their best qualities, to recognize their boundless possibility and to become the best young women they can be.
Our success as an organization does not lie in our ability to create winners on stage but in our ability to nurture from the inside out, young women who are champions in life."
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sheri Hargrave, Executive Director