Interested in Competing

Participating in this program is an opportunity to:

  • Acquire practical experience and cultivate essential life skills
  • Secure funding for higher education through scholarships
  • Expand your horizons and uncover fresh avenues of interest
  • Build long-lasting bonds with like-minded, driven women
  • Foster a can-do attitude and inner drive to pursue success
  • Receive acknowledgment for your contributions to both yourself and your community.

By competing under the Miss America Organization, you'll not only have the chance to earn scholarships for your academic pursuits but also forge deep, meaningful relationships and create lifelong memories in a truly transformative experience.

As Miss Minnesota, you'll proudly represent our state in the Miss America pageant and gain invaluable access to experienced mentors in your field. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity opens doors to unimagined possibilities and lets young women utilize their talents and passions for the greater good of their communities, bringing purpose and fulfillment to their lives.


To become a candidate in Miss Minnesota, a candidate must first win a local preliminary competition to compete to represent her state, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work, and talent.

To become a participant for 2024 Cycle, you must meet all the below:

  • For Miss Minnesota and America  – birth years 1996 – 2006
  • For Miss Minnesota and America’s Teen –  birth years 2010 – 2006
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a female
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in your city or state. For the Miss River Valley Scholarship Organization, you must just meet the state residency credits as this is an open competition to the entire state. 


1) Reducing the six-month residency requirement to thirty (30) days prior to a local competition and ninety (90) days prior to a state competition without locals;
2) Eliminating the requirement to complete at least one semester and allowing college/university acceptance and enrollment to physically attend classes; and
3) Reducing the twenty-six weeks of full-time employment to sixty (60) days of continuous full-time employment. 


MISS Candidates must be high school graduates or have passed the high school equivalency examination (G.E.D.) by the date of the finals of the State Pageant of the year in which they would be eligible to compete in the National Finals of the Miss America Pageant.

Or are you ready to sign up? 

Great, your first step is to register with Miss America. Updated link coming. Updated 7/5/2023