Competition Information

Our Purpose - The purpose of the Miss Maine’s Scholarship Program is to provide the young women of Maine an opportunity to win scholarship money and to further their personal growth and education. Within this forum, young women will be able to enhance their potential by sharpening their leadership, communication and public-speaking skills. Additionally, the program will enable candidates to develop poise, confidence and stage presence. With the inclusion of a talent performance, contestants will be afforded the opportunity to express their individuality and showcase their unique talents.

Date and Location - The Miss Maine 2020 and Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen state competitions will be held on June 27th, 2020 in Freeport, Maine. The 2020 Miss America Competition will be held on December 19, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville, CT. It will air live on December 19, 2019 on NBC!

Eligibility and Entrance Requirements
Age Requirements - The Miss Maine Scholarship Program is a competition for women between the ages of 18-25.  Contestants must have a high school diploma (or will obtain same within 6 months) and be no older than 25 on December 31 in the year she competes for the state title.

Additional Requirements

  • All candidates must reside in Maine or be a full time student in Maine or be a full time employee in Maine.

  • Candidates must be a United States citizen, a female who has never been married, and not currently pregnant. 

  • Candidates must meet character requirements as set forth by the Miss America Organization.

  • Candidates must participate in all areas of competition.

    Costs

  • Each contestant must solicit two salute pages, and fundraise for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. All must be completed and paid in full before participation. Contact the director for more specific details.

  • Admission tickets to the competition will be available beginning at pre-pageant clinic. 

  • Souvenir books with contestant photographs and program information will be available for purchase.

    Accommodations - Contestants may be housed and supervised by program officials during their stay. The program will provide lodging and meals associated with the competition.

Scholarships - Scholarships are available at the local, state, and national levels based on placement in the competition.  Additional scholarships are available to participating candidates and are awarded based on the application process.  Scholarships are available but not limited to academics, community service, college majors (such as performing arts majors, medical majors, scholar-athlete, etc. Other awards are based on attitude/spirit of Miss America/Steven Jensen Memorial Award, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals/Miracle Maker Award, etc.  For more information, please check with the state office.             

Competition Wardrobe

The judges are instructed to consider a contemporary, youthful look for Miss Maine/Miss America that makes her relatable, relevant and an "A-list" celebrity in her own right.  Her clothes should reflect her personality and style and make her comfortable and feel great (i.e. runway, red carpet) while symbolizing the character and class of Miss Maine/Miss America.

  • An appropriate tasteful outfit for interview such as skirt and blouse, dress, or pantsuit is acceptable. No jeans or sneakers - look your professional best.

  • A costume or outfit appropriate for the talent performance.

  • An evening wear look that represents your personal style. It should be highly formal, but is not required to be an evening gown. Pants are acceptable.

  • Cocktail attire for on-stage question in a style that is current and stylish; it cannot be floor length or a gown.

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes should be worn for rehearsals.

Judging Criteria

Miss Maine Areas of Competition
The following is a description of each area of competition to be judged and the percentage of the contestant’s total score for each area.

  • Private Interview (20%) - During this phase of the competition a panel of judges will interview each contestant for 10 minutes. Scoring will be based on the first impression, communication skills, personality, validated opinions and responses, confidence, sense of accomplishment and knowledge and understanding of her platform issue. This part of the competition gives the judges a chance to meet each contestant as an individual and gives the contestant a chance to reveal her true self.

  • Talent (40%) - All Contestants will be judged on a maximum 90-second performance of their choice. Different talent presentations, such as playing an instrument, dancing, singing, reciting a poem, presenting a dramatic monologue, gymnastics etc, may be performed. Contestants will be scored on entertainment value, technical skill and stage presence.

  • On-stage Interview (20%) - This phase of the competition serves as a final chance for contestants to impress the judges. Scoring will reflect the ability of the contestant to communicate and speak effectively. The on-stage question also helps the judges to evaluate the contestants poise under pressure.

  • Evening Wear/Social Impact Statement (20%) - Contestants are required to wear a full length gown which is in good taste. They will be judged on walk and carriage, poise and grace, beauty, sense of confidence, and sense of style. Does she take command of the stage by simply walking on it.

    The following is description of the areas of competition to be judged and the percentage of the contestant’s total score for each area:

    • Private Interview (20%) - During this phase of the competition a panel of judges will interview each contestant for 8 minutes. The judges will ask her questions related to her interests, hobbies, educational goals and achievements, volunteer service and community activities, etc. Scoring will be based on the content of the interview and overall communication skills, personality, intelligence and poise. This part of the competition gives the judges a chance to meet each contestant as an individual and gives the contestant a chance to reveal her true self.

    • Talent (40%) - All contestants will be judged on a maximum 90-second performance of their choice. Different talent presentations, such as playing an instrument, dancing, singing, reciting a poem, presenting a dramatic monologue, gymnastics etc., may be performed. Contestants will be scored on stage presence as well as technical skill

    • Evening Wear and Social Impact Statement (20%) - Contestants are required to wear a full-length gown which is in good taste and age appropriate. They will be judged on overall impression, walk, poise, posture and sense of confidence on stage. For the on-stage question portion, each contestant will be asked a question. Scoring will reflect the ability of the contestant to communicate and speak effectively. The on-stage question also helps the judges to evaluate the contestant's poise under pressure.

    • On Stage Interview (20%) - This phase of judging will be based on how well the contestant is doing in school. A separate panel of judges will score this prior to the competition.