Become a Candidate

How to Become a Candidate

To compete in the Miss Illinois Scholarship Competition, a candidate must first win a local preliminary competition. Some locals are open and some have specific geographic eligibility requirements based on where you live, attend school full-time, or work full-time.
Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility

Must be at least nineteen (19) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes
Must not be older than twenty-six (26) years of age as of December 31st of the year of the State Competition in which she competes

Must fulfill one of the following:
Be a resident in the state of Illinois
Be enrolled in and physically attending classes 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: Find a Local Competition in Your Area
To find a local competition in your area, visit our Local Competition page.
Miss Fair/Festival or College/University Titleholder Application
Step 3: Register for a Membership ($35)
To Register, click here.
Step 4: You will be contacted by Miss Illinois with instructions on how to enter a local.

Areas of Competition: 

Private Interview: Each candidate participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5-7 judges on a panel. Candidates are questioned on their background, educational and career goals, opinions on current events and social issues, their social impact initiative, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. The judges will have the candidate’s submitted resume and social impact initiative for the interview. The candidate can utilize the last 30 seconds of the interview time for a closing statement of their choice.

Talent: Candidates perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedic monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism.
Talent Track Information

Evening Wear: Each candidate appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event. Pantsuits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition.

On-Stage Interview & Social Impact Pitch: The candidate will have 30 seconds to answer the on-stage interview question. Immediately following the answer, the candidate will present the social impact pitch. The social impact pitch should be a short presentation /explanation of the candidate’s social impact initiative and is between 10 and 20 seconds at the local competition.
Local/State Scholarship Retrieval
Miss Illinois Competition Rehearsal
Miss Illinois titleholders
Miss Illinois Princess Program
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