Atlantic City, NJ (September 9, 2017) – During the second of three preliminary nights of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in Boardwalk Hall, the Miss America Organization announced the Quality of Life, STEM, and Women in Business Scholarship Awards on stage.

The Jean Bartel Quality of Life Scholarship is awarded to the contestants who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to community service and improving the lives of others. The second runner-up and recipient of a $2,000 scholarship is Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, the first runner-up and recipient of a $4,000 scholarship is Miss North Dakota Cara Mund, and the recipient of the 2018 Jean Bartel Quality of Life $6,000 Scholarship Award is Miss Alabama Jessica Procter.

The Miss America Foundation STEM Scholarship is awarded to three contestants pursuing an education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) related fields. The recipients of the three $5,000 scholarship awards for a total of $15,000 are Miss District of Columbia Briana KinseyMiss Kentucky Molly Matney, and Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco.

For the second year, the Miss America Foundation also awarded two Women in Business Scholarship Awards to two exceptional contestants with a declared major in business or business related studies. The recipients of these two $5,000 scholarship awards totaling $10,000 are Miss Colorado Meredith Winnefeld and Miss Ohio Sarah Jeanne Clapper.

Also announced on stage were three categories of Miracle Maker Awards: Local, State, and National.

The Local Miracle Maker Award was created last year by the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to recognize the top 3 local titleholders across the country who raised the most funds leading into their state competitions. All recipients were awarded a scholarship and round trip travel to Atlantic City for “The 2018 Miss America Competition!”

Local Miracle Maker
2nd Runner-up ($2,000): Chelsea Yarber from Alabama
1st Runner-up ($3,000): Greeshma Reddy from Kansas
Winner ($5,000): Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts!

State Miracle Maker
2nd Runner-up ($2,000): The Miss Utah Organization
1st Runner-up ($3,000): The Miss Alabama Organization
Winner ($5,000): The Miss South Carolina Organization

National Miracle Maker
2nd Runner-up ($2,000): Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco
1st Runner-up ($3,000): Miss North Carolina Victoria Huggins 
Winner ($5,000): Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts

The Miss America Foundation was pleased to award a total of $67,000 in scholarships on stage during Thursday’s preliminary competition.

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About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.