Would you like to compete for Miss Illinois 2023?

Are you the next Miss Illinois?
To compete in the Miss Illinois Scholarship Competition in June of 2023, a candidate must have won an official local competition or be a current fair/festival titleholder, or college/university titleholder. Some of our official local competitions are open and some have specific geographic/regional eligibility requirements.

Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility

Age
You must be at least 19 years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which you would compete (December 31, 2023);
To further clarify: The Candidate cannot be eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition. If the candidate is eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition, then she must compete in the MAOTeen program.
You must not be older than 26 years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which you could compete (December 31, 2023).
To further clarify: The candidate cannot turn twenty-seven (27) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she would compete at the State Competition (Calendar defined as January 1st through December 31st).
Residency
Must fulfill one of the following:
Be a resident in the state of Illinois
Be enrolled on a full-time basis at an accredited college or university in Illinois
Be employed on a full-time basis in Illinois
Citizenship
Must be a citizen of the United States of America

Step 2: Register with the Miss America Scholarship Program ($35)

Register

Step 3: Become a Titleholder

To find a local competition in your area, visit the competitions page of the Miss America Organization’s Member Portal to find more information about the specific local competitions available.
For Fair/Festival or College/University titleholder, visit our Application page to submit your information and review financial obligations.

Areas of Competition: 

Private Interview: Each Miss Illinois candidate participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. Candidates are asked questions from their resume, social impact initiative, education, career goals, and other topics decided by the judging panel.

Talent: Candidates perform a 90 second talent of their own choosing. Some possible talents include singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, monologues, baton twirling, etc.
Talent Track Information

Red Carpet: Candidates model on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event.

On-Stage Interview/Social Impact Initiative Pitch: Candidates will be asked one question written by the judges as a continuation of their Private Interview followed by a 30-second statement promoting her social impact initiative.
What will be required?
Required documents and due dates can be found on the Instructions for Miss Illinois Paperwork page.
Local/State Scholarship Retrieval
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