QUALITY OF LIFE AWARD FINALISTS AND S.T.E.M. AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED AT ANNUAL ARRIVAL CEREMONY
Today, the Miss America contestants celebrated in front of the historic Boardwalk Hall, the birthplace of this great American tradition. The contestants’ arrival ceremony kicks off a week of festivities and events around Atlantic City leading into a week of preliminary competitions culminating in the live telecast on ABC, Sunday, September 14 at 8 p.m. (EST).
On hand to announce the scholarship finalists from the 53 contestants for this ceremony were a host of organizational and governmental luminaries, including Kim Guadagno, New Jersey’s Lt. Governor and Secretary of State; Don Guardian, Honorable Mayor of Atlantic City; John Palmieri, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Liza Cartmell, President of the Atlantic City Alliance; David Tilton, President and Chief Executive Officer of AtlantiCare; Sam Haskell, III, Miss America Chairman & CEO; Sharon Pearce, Miss America President and Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri.
The Quality of Life Awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. These awards recognize those contestants who shine in their involvement with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform of the Miss America Organization, and their own personal platform issue.
The winner of the Quality of Life Award will receive a $6,000 scholarship, the first runner-up will win a $4,000 scholarship, and the second runner-up will win a $2,000 scholarship.
- Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell
Platform Issue:Caitlin’s Closet: One Stop Shopping for Life
- Miss Delaware Brittany Lewis
Platform Issue:Domestic Violence Awareness
- Miss Kansas Amanda Sasek
Platform Issue:Find Your Strength: Engage to Empower
- Miss Maryland Jade Kenny
Platform Issue: The Rainbows Organization
- Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray
Platform Issue: 13 Going On 30 – Teaching Young Girls to Embrace Their Age
- Miss Nebraska Megan Swanson
Platform Issue: Total Body Wellness: Spirit, Soul and Body
- Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones
Platform Issue: Empowering Today’s Youth Through Arts Education
- Miss Oklahoma Alex Eppler
Platform Issue: Dare 2 Care: Random Acts of Kindness
- Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett
Platform Issue: Defying Disabilities
Today, the Miss America Organization re-announced the STEM scholarship finalists. These scholarships will allow women to pursue numerous careers in the sciences and mathematics, fields that continue to grow exponentially as we enter into a new age of technology and medicine. The lives of women who wish to pursue careers in STEM subjects will significantly change as they engage in dynamic careers where women can thrive and grow as humans, learners, and teachers for future generations to come.
The five recipients of the S.T.E.M. will receive additional scholarships of $5,000 each.
The Finalists for the 2015 S.T.E.M. scholarships are:
- Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges
- Miss Hawaii Stephanie Steuri
- Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn
- Miss New Hampshire Megan Cooley
- Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson
- Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart
- Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson
- Miss Puerto Rico Yarelis Salgado
- Miss Texas Monique Evans
- Miss Vermont Lucy Edwards
For tickets to attend the 2015 Miss America Competition, call Ticketmaster at 1-877-307-8667 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.