​Miss UGA

(from left) 4th ru Katie Gamel; 2nd ru Irielle Duncan; Miss UGA Briana Hayes; 1st ru Karson Pennington; 3rd ru Deborah Stephens

(from left) 4th ru Katie Gamel; 2nd ru Irielle Duncan; Miss UGA Briana Hayes; 1st ru Karson Pennington; 3rd ru Deborah Stephens

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, 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 2.0 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 the new MAO changes.  We encourage any UGA young woman who is a currently enrolled student for Fall semester and will be enrolled Spring semester 2020 and is between the ages of 18 and 25 to become a contestant.  Applications and guidelines will be available on this website. 

Currently the competition will include a private interview with a panel of judges and the on-stage competition will include talent, evening wear / social impact statement, and on-stage question.  There is no swimsuit competition.

The Miss UGA Competition will fall under MAO college guidelines and will not require the $100 CMN Donation.

Applications for the 2020 competition are now available and will be due on November 15, 2019. The 2020 Miss University of Georgia Competition will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 in the Fine Arts Theatre.