To compete in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, a contestant must first win a local preliminary pageant. Some local pageants are open to anyone and some have specific geographic or participant eligibility requirements (i.e. based on where you live, attend school full-time, or work full-time). Find a local pageant in your area [Here]. Below are the eligibility requirements shared by all local programs:
The Miss America Organization's contestant age eligibility requirements are based on a calendar year, not a pageant cycle. In order to be eligible to compete in a local or state competition, a contestant cannot be older than twenty-four (24) years of age on December 31st the year she could be chosen to represent her state in the National Finals.In order to meet age eligibility requirements to compete in local competitions for the 2016 State Competition, a contestant must be at least 17 years of age and her birth year can be no earlier than 1992.
Areas of Competition
35%: Talent Competition
25%: Interview Competition
20%: Evening Wear Competition
15%: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Competition
5%: On-Stage Question
Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss America. Each interview ends with the opportunity to make a final statement to the judges. This is optional; a contestant need not take this opportunity. They may end the interview at that time.
Contestants perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Scoring is based on contestant's skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.
Evening Wear Competition
Each contestant 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. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness.
Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Competition
Each contestant briefly appears on stage in a one or two piece swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique and proportion, walk, posture and grace, sense of confidence and presence on stage.
Each contestant will be asked one or two on-stage questions during or after the evening wear competition, with the score factoring on how well she answers the extemporaneous question(s).