The official state preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, the Miss Arizona Scholarship Organization is a 501c3 non-profit foundation devoted to empowering the women of Arizona to achieve their personal and professional goals. Since its inception in 1921, the historical and social significance of Miss America has evolved from a boardwalk beauty pageant to the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women, awarding more than $45 million each year.
The Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program encourages positive achievement by building and nurturing the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation's youth. Founded in 2005, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen has become one of the top scholarship providers for teen girls in the United States. Participants on the local, state and national levels have been the recipients of valuable scholarship assistance upon high school graduation. In just a few short years, approximately $4 million in cash and in-kind scholarships have been awarded.
The Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen programs exists to provide unparalleled scholarship and service opportunities to young women in the Grand Canyon State. Over 50 young women representing all corners of Arizona compete at the State competition each year to earn more than $300,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships. By providing a platform for tomorrow’s leaders to express their opinions, talents, character and intelligence, our organization seeks to aid in personal development, better the community and state at large, and display the importance of service before self.