How to Become a Candidate


The Miss Missouri Program Wants You!

Are you ...
A 17-25 year old female who lives, works, or attends school in the state of Missouri?
Interested in earning college scholarships?
Looking for ways to become involved in your community?
Passionate about sharing your talents and opinions?
Ready to become the next Miss Missouri?

Phases of the Competition

Miss Missouri Pageant is a preliminary pageant to the Miss America Program.

The Miss America Organization is one of the world's largest scholarship providers, annually awarding over $45million in scholarships.


A young woman must be between the ages of 17 – 25 and a high school graduate by the time of the state competition.

She must be a resident of the State of Missouri or be a full time college student in the
state (a minimum 12-hour class load).

If she has moved to Missouri from another state, she must be a resident of Missouri for a minimum of 6 months, or have been a full time college student for a minimum of 6 months before competing in a local pageant.


She must enter a local pageant. Our local pageants are listed on our website, An Open pageant means you may be from anywhere in the state to enter; a Closed pageant has certain criteria for participation.

Children's Miracle Network is the national platform of the Miss America Organization and because of that each candidate must raise at least $100.00 for CMN per local pageant entered. However, once $400.00 is raised she may enter as many locals as she would like. Go to to register.

The winners of our local pageants participate in the state finals in June.

Each candidate is to have a "platform." This is an organization and/or cause she supports through service. CMN may be the platform or it can be another cause.

The candidate must submit the proper paperwork for participation in the local.


All candidates compete in the following areas and are judged by a panel of 5 – 7 impartial judges:

  • Interview – each candidate will be privately interviewed by the judges.
  • Talent – each candidate will present a 90 second talent on stage.
  • Eveningwear – each candidate will be judged in evening gown for poise and presence.
  • Swimsuit – each candidate will be judged in a swimsuit of her choice for physical fitness.
  • On Stage question – each candidate will answer at least one question on stage before the audience.


The winners of the local pageants will be the Miss Missouri Candidates for the next state pageant. From them one young woman will be crowned Miss Missouri.

Miss Local is expected to follow the regulations set by the local pageant board. This could include making appearance in the local community; preparing for the Miss Missouri Pageant; realizing that there will be extra expenses related to preparation for which she will be responsible; being a role model to others, and always honoring the crown in her behaviors.

She will continue to support Children's Miracle Network by raising at least $250.00 for state competition.

She will be expected to meet deadlines established by the Miss Missouri Pageant for paperwork and will attend Candidate Orientation which is typically the last Saturday in March.

She will attend the Miss Missouri Pageant.

This is an exciting opportunity – one in which over 12,000 young women participate each year. While we can't promise you that you will win, we can promise you that you will meet some wonderful people, will grow as an individual, and will have a good time.



For  further information about becoming
a candidate in the Miss Missouri Pageant
contact a local pageant director in your area:

Local director list

You may also contact any of our Regional
Field Directors for guidance:

Northwest Region:
Kay Lea

South Central Region
Lelar Corbett

Central Region
Wendy White

Northeast Region
Gary Bogener

Eastern Region
Kirk Williams

Southwest Region
Ed Smith

Director of Field Operations
Lelar Corbett



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