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.
2022 Paperwork & Forms
All forms and paperwork will be submitted through a google drive folder at both the local and state level. All registered candidates will be receive a link to a personal google drive folder. Candidates must save the following paperwork in their google drive folder by midnight on 8/1/22.
Candidate Information Form (preloaded in your personalized google drive folder)
Candidate Contract (2022 Contract)
Candidate Professional Resume (Limit 1 Page, No Standard Template)
Candidate Social Impact Slide (.PPT Format, No Standard Template)
Be at least 19 years of age as of December 31, 2023
Be no older than 26 years of age as of December 31, 2023
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, enrolled in an educational institution in the state of Nebraska and have completed a minimum of one semester or employed full-time in the state of Nebraska
Register as a 2022-2023 candidate with the Miss America Organization ($35 fee)
Register for the "Miss Omaha" local competition with the Miss America Organization ($75 fee)
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 2023 & Miss Douglas County 2023 and will be required to compete at the 2023 Miss Nebraska competition in North Platte, NE in June of 2023. This is a week-long commitment, candidates will be provided with lodging and meals. State candidates must sell two pages of ads, obtain headshots from the state photographer for $150 and pay a $325 state entry fee.
2022 Competition Phases
Opening Number (Not Judged)
Wardrobe: Blue Jeans (no holes), School T-Shirt, Clean White Tennis Shoes
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: 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
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.