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Miss Omaha & Miss Douglas County

Since 1921 the Miss America Organization has operated with a mission of female empowerment. Today the Miss America Organization aims at empowering young women across the country to achieve their full potential through leadership, talent, communication skills and academics. The Miss America Organization operates in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia and is the largest provider of college scholarships to young women in the world. 


As a subsidiary of the Miss America Organization, the Miss Omaha & Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program hosts an annual day-long competition in August where two young ladies are named the new Miss Omaha and Miss Douglas County. These young women are awarded a scholarship and prize package and advance to compete at the Miss Nebraska competition the following June. As titleholders of the Miss Omaha & Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program, these young women will receive customized preparation from our dedicated board of volunteers as they prepare for the state competition. In addition to winning a cash scholarship of $10,000, the new Miss Nebraska advances to compete at the Miss America competition in December where she has the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in additional cash scholarships.

2023 Paperwork & Forms


All forms and paperwork will be submitted through a google drive folder at the local and state levels. All registered candidates will receive a link to a personal google drive folder. Candidates must save the following paperwork in their google drive folder by midnight on July 24, 2023.

  • Candidate Information Form (preloaded in your personalized google drive folder)

  • Candidate Contract (2023Contract)

  • Candidate Professional Resume (Limit 1 Page, No Standard Template)

  • Candidate Social Impact Statement (Limit 1 Page, Example)

  • Candidate Social Impact Slide (.PPT Format, No Standard Template)

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least 19 years of age as of December 31, 2023

  • No older than 28 years of age as of December 31, 2023

  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization

  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth 

  • Complete and submit all required paperwork by the deadline above

  • A United States citizen

  • A resident of Nebraska (minimum 30 days prior to competition), or enrolled in an educational institution in the state of Nebraska and physically attending classes full-time, or employed full-time in the state of Nebraska (minimum 60 days prior to competition)

  • Register as a 2023-2024 candidate with the Miss America Organization ($35 fee), then register for the "Miss Omaha" local competition with the Miss America Organization ($75 fee)

Competition Cost

  • All candidates must register with the Miss America Organization ($35 fee) this registration is valid for the entire competition year. Additionally, candidates must register for each local competition they wish to compete in ($75 fee). 

  • The top two scoring candidates will be named Miss Omaha 2024 & Miss Douglas County 2024 and will be required to compete at the 2024 Miss Nebraska competition in North Platte, NE in June of 2024. This is a week-long commitment, candidates will be provided with lodging and meals. 


2023 Competition Phases


Opening Number (Not Judged)

Wardrobe: TBD

Personal Interview with Judges (35%)

Wardrobe: Candidate’s Choice: Professional Interview Attire

●9 Minutes 30-second panel interview with judges in a private room with a podium; optional 30-second closing 

●Candidates scored on the ability to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the job description and contract, commitment to advance and execute her chosen social impact initiative, commitment to advance her education (if applicable), ability to express and distinguish her beliefs and have a true knowledge of the world around her, accomplishments, ability to command the attention of a room, personality and charisma.

On-Stage Interview/Social Impact Statement Pitch (15%)

Wardrobe:  Professional Interview Attire

●Two questions on-stage with 15-second responses, focused on current events and the candidates chosen social impact initiative

● 15-second social impact statement "elevator pitch" 

●Candidates will be scored on intelligence, personality, stage presence, confidence, charisma, and aptitude for the titleholder job.

Red Carpet (Evening Wear) (15%)

Wardrobe: Candidate’s Choice: Red Carpet Glamour

●An on-stage walk in evening wear

●Candidates scored on personal style, posture, attitude, personality, grace, and presence

Talent (35%)

Wardrobe: Candidate’s Choice: Appropriate for Chosen Talent

● 90-second display of the candidate's chosen talent on-stage with optional music and props

●Candidates are scored on performance skills, stage presence, and technical ability including execution, technique, synchronization

Dottie Matthies Community Service Award

Also available to all our candidates competing is the Dottie Matthies Community Service Scholarship Award.  The award is posthumously named after a Miss Omaha & Miss Douglas County Volunteer Dottie Matthies who epitomized what serving should be. This is a $200 cash scholarship and is NOT part of the judging for the competition.  It is a separate award given to the candidate that has done outstanding work in her community related to her chosen social impact initiative. Additional application information can be found in the contestant packet. 

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