Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you want to earn scholarship money for your higher education? Do you enjoy performing, and speaking in public about issues important to you? These things and many more are what make competing in the Miss America system so rewarding, unique and truly fulfilling.
Your first step in the journey to the Miss Nebraska Competition is participation in our local competitions. Winners from these local competitions advance to Miss Nebraska, the official state preliminary for the Miss America Organization. Continue reading the information on this page to learn more about how to begin your journey — including details about our local competitions around the state, our criteria for participation, and more.
THE ROAD TO MISS NEBRASKA
STEP 1: Determine if you are eligible to participate in the Miss America scholarship competition system. Eligibility information →
STEP 2: Learn more about the local competitions around the state, and determine which event might be best for you. Competition information →
STEP 3: Complete the registration process, including the necessary paperwork, and submit those documents as required. Registration →
THE ROAD TO MISS NEBRASKA: DETERMINING YOUR ELIGIBILITY
In order to compete in any Miss America local competition, every participant must:
Must be at least 17 years of age at the time of her first competition and no older than 25 years of age on December 31st of the year she is chosen to represent her state in the National Finals;
Be a United States citizen;
Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town and state;
Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements;
Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization;
Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which she competes;
Complete and sign the contract (available in the paperwork and registration section);
Complete the Resume and Social Impact Initiative documents (instructions available in the paperwork and registration section).
THE ROAD TO MISS NEBRASKA: LOCAL COMPETITION
Winners from local competitions are granted their titles and advance to Miss Nebraska, the official state preliminary for the Miss America Organization.
Each local competition has its own set of individual guidelines and information you should seek out if you plan to enter. You can find this information by clicking the name of the competition, which will direct you to e-mail event organizers or send you to their website (as indicated).
THE ROAD TO MISS NEBRASKA: PAPERWORK & REGISTRATION
All potential participants in the Miss America system must complete and submit all required documents, and register as a candidate on missamerica4kids.org.
Miss America and the Children’s Miracle Network have formed a partnership which requires each candidate to raise $100 to participate in a local competition. Any amount over the $100 will be applied to their next local or advancement to the state competition. There is a $400 cap on local fundraising; once reached, the candidate can enter unlimited local competitions. All local candidates must register at missamerica4kids.org to process and track their donations.
Upon winning a local title, each titleholder is required to raise $250 to compete for Miss Nebraska. The state winner will be responsible for raising further funds to compete at the Miss America competition.
Download & Complete Necessary Paperwork
For all events, candidates must submit a Resume and a Social Impact Initiative, which form the basis of their judges’ personal interview during competition. The specific instructions for creating and submitting these documents can be found below, along with the rest of the necessary paperwork for competition.
Please view, download, and follow the instructions to complete each of the following documents. Click here to download all of the documents as a single ZIP file.
Social Impact Initiative (Platform) Instructions
Sample Social Impact Initiative (Platform)
Local Contestant Packet
The scoring percentages in the four phases of competition for local competitions are as follows:
• On-Stage Questions = 15%
• Talent = 40%
• Private Interview = 25%
• Evening Wear w/ Social Impact Initiative Statement = 20%