​Miss UGA

​About the Competition

The Miss University of Georgia Scholarship 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, 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 NEW Miss University of Georgia Scholarship Competition will conform to the new MAO changes. We encourage any UGA young woman who is a currently enrolled student and is between the ages of 18 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 (35%). On-stage competition will include talent (30%), evening wear (20%), and on-stage question (15%). There is no swimsuit competition.

The Miss UGA Competition will not require the $100 CMN Donation.

*​The 2019 Miss University of Georgia Scholarship Competition will be held on January 12, 2019

Criteria for Competition

  • You must be enrolled at UGA during Fall Semester when you apply.
  • You must be enrolled at UGA during the Semester of Competition. You must have a 2.3 GPA or higher at the time of application and competition. You must attend the Miss Georgia Forum Weekend meeting during Spring Semester. You must compete in the Miss Georgia Competition in June. You must be at least 18 years of age as of July 31, 2019 (birth year no earlier than 1994).
  • You must not be older than 25 years of age on December 31, 2019.
  • You must be a female.
  • You must not now and have never been married, nor have had a marriage annulled.
  • You are not now pregnant, nor intend to become pregnant during your year of service.
  • You are not a parent or he adoptive parent of any child, nor will you become one during your year of service.
  • You are of good character and have not been involved at any time in any act of moral turpitude or behavior.
  • You have not been charged with multiple minor offenses in the last 24 months.
  • You have never been convicted of any criminal offense and there are no criminal charges/offenses pending against you. 
  • You have never, knowingly or unknowingly, performed any act or engaged in any activity or employment that could characterize as dishonest, immoral, lewd or indecent.
  • You are in good health and can, to the best of your knowledge, participate fully in any and all Miss UGA programs and activities.
  • You do not use or consume any illegal or controlled substances other than those obtained pursuant to a valid prescription and taken according to the directions of a licensed health care professional.
  • You do not abuse the use of alcohol, prescriptive drugs or other dangerous substances.
  • Your immediate family members who serve in any capacity on a state or local MAO board must resign 6 months prior to the Miss UGA Scholarship Competition.
  • You must sign the official Miss America Local Candidate contract prior to competing.
  • You must sign the Miss UGA Scholarship Competition contract addendum prior to competing.

Note:  Any young lady between 13 and 17 (including high-school graduates) as well as 18-year-old non-graduates as of July 31 must compete at the Miss America Outstanding Teen level.