Frequently Asked Questions
AM I ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE?
You must win a local competition in order to compete at the state level. To compete at Miss America, you must win a state title. Candidates at the local and state level may compete as many times as they want while they remain eligible per the following requirements:
RESIDENCY: Must reside in the state of Delaware -OR- be enrolled in and physically attend classes on a full-time basis at an accredited college or university in Delaware.
AGE: At least 18 years old as July 31, 2020, and no more than 25 years old as of December 31, 2020. For the avoidance of doubt, you cannot turn twenty-six (26) years of age at any time during the 2020 calendar year (through December 31st). For the avoidance of doubt, 13 to 17 year old high-school graduates, as well as 18 year old non-graduates as of July 31st, must compete at MAOTeen level
SCHOOL STATUS: High school graduate or successfully completed G.E.D. by July 31, 2020.
OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: Female, never married, and have never had any children. Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization. Be able to meet the time commitment responsibilities as set forth by the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization and your local.
Additional eligibility requirements may be confirmed via email with Debbie Magnin or Howard Gordon.
WHAT DOES MISS DELAWARE DO?
After Miss Delaware is selected, she embarks on her 'year of service.' As a spokesperson and advocate, Miss Delaware travels throughout the state, addressing diverse audiences, increasing awareness and promoting her chosen platform.
WHAT'S THE BENEFIT OF COMPETING?
Alumna of the local and state competitions have gone on to become leaders in their field. Whether or not you win a title, the experience and camaraderie propel many young women to success.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY FEES?
Miss America competitions do not require an entry fee.
Instead, each local competition candidate is required to raise a minimum $100 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), the national platform of the Miss America Organization. After you have competed in 4 local competitions in a year, you are not required to raise more money to enter more local competitions, although top fundraisers are awarded additional scholarships.
Candidates at the state level raise an additional $250, those who go to Miss America raise an additional $1,000.
Check with your local competition to see what support is available for fundraising. You are expected to help raise the money, but it isn't an expectation that you personally pay for it.
Funds raised support local hospitals as well as scholarships through the Miss America Organization.
IF I DON'T WIN, CAN I STILL EARN SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes! There are many scholarships offered at both local and state level competitions, as well as scholarships offered from Miss America for all women competing across the country.
WHAT ARE THE COMPETITION CATEGORIES?
Private Interview (25% of score)
On-Stage Interview (15% of score)
Talent (40% of score)
Evening Wear/Social Impact (20% of score)
ARE YOU ASSOCIATED WITH MRS AMERICA, MS AMERICA, MISS USA, OR MISS TEEN USA?
We are in no way affiliated with these programs. We are the State competitions for the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organizations — the largest scholarship provider for young women in the United States.