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.
2021 Paperwork & Forms
All forms and paperwork will be submitted through a google docs folder at both the local and state level. To request a candidate folder through google docs, email . Candidates must submit the following paperwork to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on August 2 via google docs "share".
Candidate Information Packet (preloaded in your personalized google docs folder)
Candidate Professional Resume (Limit 1 Page, No Standard Template)
Be at least 17 years of age
Be no older than 25 years of age
Be a United States citizen and a resident of Nebraska
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 deadline above
A resident of Nebraska for a minimum of 6 months or be enrolled in an educational institution in the state of Nebraska and have completed a minimum of one semester
Register and fundraise a minimum of $100 for the Miss America Foundation
The Miss America Organization is a 501c4 non-profit organization and the largest provider of college scholarships to women in the world. As part of our mission, we do not charge an entry fee to compete, however all candidates must raise a minimum of $100 for the Miss America Foundation by August 9 in order to compete.
The top two scoring candidates will be named Miss Omaha 2021 & Miss Douglas County 2021 and will be required to compete at the 2022 Miss Nebraska competition in North Platte, NE in June of 2022. This is a week-long commitment and candidates will be required to raise an additional $250 for The Miss America Foundation prior to competing.
2021 Competition Phases
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 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: Opening Number Dress: Sparkly/Rhinestone/Sequin Cocktail Dress (Any Color)
●Two questions on-stage with 15 second responses, focused on current events and the candidates chosen social impact initiative
●15 second social impact statement
●Candidates will be scored on intelligence, personality, stage presence, charisma, and aptitude for the titleholder job as well as confidence while making her own statement about her mission for the 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
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 skill level 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.