• Miss Iowa Scholarship Program

    Official preliminary to Miss America.


How do I enter?

You need to win a local competition to be eligible to compete in the Miss Iowa program. Local pageants are held at different locations around the state from late June through April to qualify for the state competition, which is always the first full week of June. To enter, please contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out which locals you are eligible to enter.

How much will I be expected to spend on wardrobe, training, etc?

You may use your own discretion, but it is not necessary to spend lots of money on clothes, make-up, hair, etc.

During an interview, Miss Iowa 2001 Erin Smith commented, “I spent no money to compete for my local. I borrowed a swimsuit from my sister and wore my high school prom dress for evening gown.”

How much does it cost to enter?

Contestants competing for a local, state and national Miss title never pay a fee to enter the competition.

How is the competition scored?

Interview - 25%
Talent - 30%
Lifestyle & Fitness - 10%
Evening Wear - 15%
On Stage Question - 20%

How do I choose a platform?

Above all, choose a platform you truly enjoy. You will be spending a lot of time with your platform (especially if you win, but even if you don’t). Choose a platform that can be applied to larger areas than your hometown in case you have to extend your service statewide or even nationwide. Try to avoid centering a platform around one event. Instead of choosing a telethon for AIDS research, for example, choose AIDS awareness (you can still use the telethon as one of your projects).

How can I tell if I’m eligible?

You must be a female who lives, works, or goes to school in the state of Iowa for at least six months prior to entering a local. You must be between the ages of 17-25, and a United States citizen. Please see this page for more details: http://www.missiowa.com/compete/competition-phases-and-scoring

How can I prepare for competition?

Practice your talent. Be sure that you are comfortable with your performance and that it meets the requirements.

Start thinking about the interview. Predict what kinds of questions you think you’ll be asked. Don’t memorize canned answers, but be ready for lots of different topics. Your local library, a university career center, and the Internet can be wonderful sources for information about effective interviewing. Pay attention to current events.

Get involved with your platform. Volunteer with an existing program or start your own. Keep track of the work you do.

Does Miss Iowa get paid to do all those things?

Yes. In addition to the automatic scholarship granted to Miss Iowa when she wins the pageant, Miss Iowa earns appearance fees for the majority of the events she does throughout the year.