About the Competition
The Miss University of Georgia Competition is an official preliminary for the Miss America Organization. MAO is a non-profit organization and the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.
Miss America is more than a title; it’s a movement of empowering young women everywhere to achieve their dreams by providing quality scholarship assistance and honoring their commitment to helping others.
The Miss University of Georgia Competition was established in 1961 and has been a continuous running competition every year since. It is a program within the Tate Student Center’s Office of Student Activities and Involvement.
In June 2018 the Miss America Organization announced some sweeping changes to the program. Once called a pageant it is now referred to as a competition. The swimsuit portion of the competition has been eliminated (at least at the Miss America and State Competitions – Local competitions such as Miss UGA may have it for one more year), announcing that contestants will no longer be judged on outward physical appearance. In their press release on June 5, 2018 they have announced that “Miss America will represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment. The new mission statement is: To prepare great women for the world, and to prepare the world for great women”.
The Miss University of Georgia Competition will conform to any new MAO changes once they filter down to the local level. We encourage any UGA young woman who is a currently enrolled student and is between the ages of 17 and 25 to become a contestant. Applications and guidelines will be available on this website. Due to time and facility restraints we must limit applicants so you are encouraged to apply early.
Currently the competition will include a private interview with a panel of judges. On-stage competition will include talent, evening wear, on-stage question and most likely the swim suit competition for one more year to be consistent with several Georgia competitions that have already been held for the 2019 Miss Georgia title.
*The 2019 Miss University of Georgia Scholarship Competition will be held on January 12, 2019