About the Miss America Organization and the Miss America Foundation
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)(4) organization, and the Miss America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, share the common mission of using the Miss America platform to identify deserving candidates and award academic scholarships to young women throughout the United States. On behalf of the Organization, the Foundation administers certain scholarships that are awarded by the Organization at the national level of competition. In addition, the Foundation provides scholarships based upon academic achievement and service to the community, as well as a number of endowed scholarships for women pursuing studies in special fields. In 2018, the Foundation awarded its first scholarships to women not otherwise a part of the Miss America program. For more information on the scholarships available, please see missamericafoundation.org.
Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization (MAO) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that controls and oversees the local, state and national competition framework, and hosts the annual Miss America Competition and telecast. Miss America contestants working towards college or postgraduate degrees can earn scholarship awards to help further their education. MAO is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Miss America Foundation
The Miss America Foundation (MAF) is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the scholarship arm that processes scholarships for recipients across the country. MAF proudly offers academic and community-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as endowed scholarships for those young women attending medical school, working in special areas for military service awareness and in the performing arts.