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 (Age eligibility changed in January 2023)  (New age range is 18-28)
You must be at least 18 years of age in the calendar year of the State Competition in which you would compete (December 31, 2023);
You must not be older than 28 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 can turn 29 in January of 2024.
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
Must be a citizen of the United States of America

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

2023 Registration Closed

Step 3: Become a Titleholder (MAO registration $75 for each competition)

Local competitions and Sweeps have concluded for the 2023 cycle, At-Large/Fair/Festival or College/University registrations are available through February 24, 2023.
2023 Registration is Closed - For At-Large/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.

Sweeps/At-Large/Fair/Festival/College/University titles are required to self pay the MAO registration of $325 and may elect to purchase a crown & sash.
Local/State Scholarship Retrieval
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