About Miss Illinois
Since its inception on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in 1921, the Miss America Organization has served to provide scholarship and leadership opportunities for women. Miss Illinois, the official state final to Miss America, was first held in 1927 and saw the crowning of Lois Delander. Though Miss Chicago had competed in the pageant since 1921, Delander was the first Miss Illinois sent to represent the state, and subsequently she won the title of Miss America 1927. Illinois has since had four additional national winners with Judith Ford (1969), Marjorie Judith Vincent (1991), Katherine Shindle (1998), and Erika Harold (2003), making Illinois one of the most successful states in the Miss America Competition.
Today, the Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization and its affiliated local programs serve to provide a platform for young women to showcase their talents, public speaking skills and their commitment to community service as they compete to win thousands of dollars in scholarship assistance. We as an organization remain committed to “preparing great women for the world, and preparing the world for great women.”
About Our Board
The Miss Illinois Board of Directors is comprised of a group of individuals from throughout the state of Illinois who share in the commitment to help young women find their path to success. Our directors have knowledge in the area of not-for-profit management as well as extensive experience in roles of leadership, personal development and advocacy.