Want to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina? Or want to earn scholarships for college or to pay off student loans?

Register for the Miss America program and you could win a $1,000 scholarship!  

Click Here to Register for the 2021-22 Season

Why enter? Because you can…

  • Gain valuable experience and develop life skills (e.g. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.)
  • Earn quality scholarship funds for college and graduate school, regardless of whether a title is won
  • Find new interests and discover new opportunities
  • Make lifelong friendships and relationships
  • Learn to set goals, follow them through and exceed your expectations
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for helping others
  • Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals
  • Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community

By registering for the Miss North Carolina program, you gain access to exclusive members-only benefits including:

  • Access to compete in local Miss/Teen Competitions
  • Chance to win a $1,000 scholarship
  • Access to our exclusive Professional Development Series with experts in areas such as:
    • Social Media training
    • Public speaking
    • Media/Press training
    • Advocacy & Fundraising
    • Financial literacy
  • Health & Wellness / Peak Performance training
  • Resume building
  • Career opportunities and networking events
  • Exclusive Miss America merchandise and discounts

*Membership is valid for 1 competition season. Additional fees may apply for local, state & national competitions.

Miss Program Eligibility Requirements

To become a candidate, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 19 and 26 during the calendar year which you compete at Miss North Carolina
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain city or state
  • 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 job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state and national competition(s) in which you compete


  • She must be at least nineteen (19) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.
  • To further clarify: The Candidate cannot be eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition. If the candidate is eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition, then she must compete in the MAOTeen program, unless she meets the below Exemption.
  • Must not be older than twenty-six (26) years of age as of December 31st in the State Competition’s calendar year in which she could compete.
  • To further clarify: The Candidate cannot turn twenty-seven (27) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she would compete at the State Competition (Calendar defined as January 1st through December 31st).
  • Exemption: For 2022 State and Local Agreements ONLY: Since age eligibility was revised after the start of the 2022 state & local competition season, Candidates who are eighteen (18) years of age on or after July 31, 2022 (the year of the State Competition) are eligible to compete in the Miss program, as long as the Candidate is also a high school graduate or equivalent by July 31, 2022. Please note, this exemption will notbe in effect for the 2023 State & Local Competition season.

Festival & Collegiate Titleholder Opportunity

The Miss North Carolina Organization allows young women who have been crowned a festival titleholder or a College or University titleholder as a result of a competition the opportunity to participate in the Miss North Carolina Competition.  For more information, please contact Misti Baskett at mistibaskett@gmail.com