About the Miss Wisconsin Organization
Founded in 1936, the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Organization is a preliminary to the Miss America Organization, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and 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 more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college or post-graduate degrees, and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. Each of these talented and educated women promotes a personal platform upon which she provides service to her community.
The Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant is held every June in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium. The week of activities includes visits with local organizations and sponsors, a golf outing, a public meet and greet at the Oshkosh Farmer’s Market, two evenings of preliminary competition with one night of final competition. Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is also held during pageant week.
The Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Organization operates under the direction of a dedicated team of volunteers. They serve as members of the Board of Directors, sub-committees, production team, and field directors who assist local pageants throughout the state.
Wisconsin has been well represented at the Miss America Pageant over the years and two went on to become Miss America. Terry Anne Meeuwsen of De Pere was crowned Miss America 1973 and Laura Kaeppeler of Kenosha received the crown in 2012. You can learn more about Terry and Laura by visiting our Forever Miss Wisconsins page.
About the Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance, making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.