Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 is a Proud Recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Olivia McMillan has been admitted to the Juilliard School’s Bachelor of Music degree program, majoring in voice and was also named the recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.
Established in 2014, the Kovner Fellowship is a merit-based scholarship award that covers the full estimated cost of attendance to The Juilliard School. Kovner Fellows benefit from comprehensive scholarship support covering tuition, room and board, and additional expenses, and by enhanced programmatic content. Juilliard is extremely grateful to Bruce and Suzie Kovner for their pioneering generosity and visionary leadership in establishing this program.
As the only scholarship program that covers all expenses for the entire course of study at Juilliard, Kovner Fellows are chosen based on three primary criteria:
Artistic merit of the highest caliber (as determined by faculty nominations, audition comments/ratings, jury comments, and resumes.)
Successful academic history (as measured by academic transcripts and, when applicable, English language proficiency in accordance with prevailing admissions standards.)
Personal capacity for intellectual curiosity, commitment to the value of art in society, and potential for leadership in the field (as determined by application essays and letters of recommendation.)
In addition to her scholastic success, Olivia was named by Teen Vogue as a Top 10 teen who changed the world in 2014. Olivia’s mantra? “I’m all about self-love and appreciating your life no matter what cards you’re dealt,” she says. That’s how she got where she is today. Olivia has already performed and spoken to audiences totaling over 1 million and will continue to inspire others.
Olivia is also part of the #aerieReal campaign. “The purpose of ‘aerie Real’ is to communicate there is no need to retouch beauty, and to give young women of all shapes and sizes the chance to discover amazing styles that work best for them,” said Jennifer Foyle, aerie’s Chief Merchandising Officer. “We want to help empower young women to be confident in themselves and their bodies.” As part of this campaign, Olivia has been able to spark a conversation with consumers about the true meaning of beauty.
Prior to departing for Juilliard in August, Olivia will spend six weeks touring the country performing and speaking about her personal platform, focused on the siblings of children with special needs.