Miss Orlando and Outstanding TEEN Scholarship Competition is a not-for-profit organization that receives no public or government funding, relying on contributions from generous members of the community, along with fundraising efforts and a Foundation Grant from the Orlando Scholarship Organization, Inc. and the Gracia Livingston Foundation. Scholarships provide opportunities for outstanding young women living in Orlando and Central Florida. Donations in-kind are a tremendous help and are used to support the Titleholder(s). Funds raised go toward scholarships to the titleholder(s), costs toward preparing our titleholders for Miss Florida and Outstanding Teen state competitions, and with the cost of producing the competition itself.
Also, Miss Orlando and Outstanding Teen Competition and Titles awarded are preliminaries to Miss Florida, Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen Competitions. Each year we also crown titles for Miss City Beautiful, (Erica Dunlap, Miss America 2004) and Miss Winter Park. All Miss Titles have Outstanding TEEN companion titles if candidate participation meet MOA rules for local preliminary competitions.
With a passion for leaders, Miss Orlando Scholarship Competition is an official local licensee of the Miss America Organization, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and one of the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available millions in cash and scholarship assistance.
Participating in the Miss America system helps young women pay for college and prepare for a career through hands-on leadership; all while gaining life experience, working on issues of importance to society, enhancing personal and professional skills and developing artistic expression.
We're proud to uphold the unique tradition of the Miss America Organization talent competition, celebrating women in the arts with academic and professional training scholarships. Miss Orlando & Outstanding Teen competition is a program of the Downtown Arts District of Orlando, a 501(c)(3).
A network of female leaders supporting one another across generations.
Making a difference through personal platforms is at our core.
Women who currently live, work, or go to school in any region of Florida are eligible for any of these titles. Candidates must be able to prove that they live, work, or are enrolled in school in Florida.
To uphold the unique tradition of the Miss America Organization, celebrating women in the arts with academic and professional training scholarships. Making a difference through personal platforms is at our core. From lobbying on Senate floors to developing workshops in classrooms, we seek to enable women to expand their civic impact and reach.
David Wheeler - Executive Director
Marelena Cruz - Deputy Executive Director