This past September Cara Mund, a Brown University honors graduate, made history by becoming the first woman from North Dakota to win the title of Miss America and a $50,000 scholarship. Prior to becoming Miss America 2018, Cara earned a bachelor’s degree in business, entrepreneurship, and organizations, and completed an internship in the Washington, DC, office of U.S. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota.

In her role as Miss America, Cara travels the country on a speaking tour to discuss the importance of political engagement, education, and community service. She is passionate about female political engagement and encourages involvement in student, local, and national politics, in hopes of changing the disparity of female representation in government. She seeks to empower women of all ages to use their voice and their voting power in the political process.

At the age of 14, she founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. Over the past ten years, Cara has helped grant the wish of 23 Make-A-Wish kids, became a “Certified Wish Granter,” raised over $78,500 for Make-A-Wish, and in 2011, President Barack Obama recognized her charitable efforts.

Cara also serves as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Miss America Organization’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Throughout the year, she visits youth treated in facilities around the country and raises awareness about the services they provide millions of children.

Five things to know about Cara:

  • By winning her state and national titles, Cara was awarded over $90,000 in scholarships to continue her education.
  • She aspires to be the first women elected governor of North Dakota.
  • In 2011, President Obama recognized Cara’s charitable efforts. At age 14, she founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. For the last ten years, Cara raised over $78,500 for Make-A-Wish, granted 23 wishes, and became a certified wish granter.
  • She is related to Victoria Claflin Woodhull — the first woman to run for U.S. President, the first woman to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street, and one of the first female founders of a newspaper.
  • She is a national dance champion and trained four summers with the Radio City Rockettes.

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