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Miss South Carolina Scholarship Competition

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Rules of Miss South Carolina Scholarship Competition

  • Are you allowed to be married?


  • Are you allowed to have kids?


  • Who is allowed to compete?


  • What are the phases of competition?

    Interview, Evening Gown, Talent, On-Stage Question


About Miss South Carolina Scholarship Competition

You have ideas and plans and goals - so much to offer the world - but how? Each year young women just like you choose to compete in the Miss South Carolina system. That's right! Many of them are just like you - yet they know that the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization is the largest provider of scholarships for young women in the Miss America system.

Whether you want to become a doctor or a dancer, an accountant or an architect, the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization has an opportunity that will help bring you closer to achieving your goals. To become Miss South Carolina, a contestant must first win a local competition and then compete to represent her local at the state pageant, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work and talent.

Miss Age Requirements
Contestant (1) must be at least eighteen (18) years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State competition in which she competes; (2) Must be a high school graduate or equivalent by July 31st in the calendar year of the State competition in which she competes; (3) Must not be older than twenty-five (25) years of age as of the last day in the calendar year of the State competition in which she competes (December 31st).

For the avoidance of doubt, a contestant cannot turn twenty-six (26) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she will compete at state.

For avoidance of doubt, 13 to 17 year old high school graduates, as well as 18 year old non-graduates as of July 31st, must compete at MAOTeen level.
Contestants must be high school graduates or have passed the high school equivalency examination (G.E.D.) by the date of the finals of the State Pageant of the year in which they would be eligible to compete in the National Finals of the Miss America Pageant.

Contestants of the Miss SC Scholarship Competition will not only compete for the title but will have the opportunity to meet and network with some of the most influential leaders in the community. Through community service events and one-on-one sessions, these young ladies will gain experience in public speaking and service to others while promoting and bringing awareness to their personal platforms.

Miss South Carolina is the official preliminary to the Miss America pageant. The winner of Miss South Carolina represents South Carolina at the Miss America pageant for a chance to win the title of Miss America.

Miss South Carolina has four phases of competition that include: private interview, on-stage question, talent and evening gown. In order to compete for Miss South Carolina, you must live in South Carolina, be between the ages of 17 - 25 and have won a preliminary title. Additionally, to qualify you must be a female who has never married and who does not have any children.

Forever Miss South Carolina's:
2019- Morgan Nichols
2018- Davia Bunch
2017- Suzi Roberts
2016- Rachel Wyatt
2015- Daja Dial
2014- Lanie Hudson
2013- Brooke Mosteller
2012- Ali Rogers
2011- Bree Boyce
2010- Desiree Puglia
2009- Kelly Sloan
2008- Anna Perry
2007- Crystal Garrett
2006- Shelley Bryson Benthall
2005- Erika Grace Powell
2004- Ann Ashley Wood
2003- Jessica Eddins
2002- Kelly McCorkle
2001- Jeanna Raney
2000- Heather Hudson
1999- Danielle Davis
1998- Wendy Willis
1997- Janet Powers
1996- Angela Hughes
1995- Amanda Spivey
1994- Kristie Greene
1993- Kimberly Clarice Aiken (Miss America 1993), Tonya Helms (Assumed title)
1992- Carrie Lee Davis
1991- Ronnetta Hatcher
1990- Mary Gainey
1989- Kimilee Bryant
1988- Anna Graham Reynolds
1987- Nancy Humphries
1986- Dawn Smith
1985- Sherry Thrift
1984- Vicki Harrell
1983- Dalia Garcia
1982- Julia Hill
1981- Jill Rankin
1980- Donna Jewell
1979- Jane Jenkins
1978- Mary Diane Toole
1977- Catherine Hinson
1976- Lavinia Cox
1975- Cynthia Anthony
1974- Cheryl Von Lehe
1973- Fran Riggins
1972- Bonnie Corder
1971- Pamela Inabinet
1970- Claudia Turner
1969- Brantlee Price
1968- Rebecca Smith
1967- Peggy White
1966- Barbara Harris
1965- Nancy Moore
1964- Sue Smith
1963- Carolyn Gaines
1962- Evelyn Ellis
1961- Janet McGee
1960- Edith Sandra Browning
1959- Nettie Dennis
1958- Gene Wilson
1957- Cecilia Colvert
1956- Marian McKnigh (Miss America 1956)
1955- Martha Chestnut
1954- Polly Suber
1953- Miriam Stevenson
1952- Mary Griffin
1951- Joyce Perry
1950- Carolyn Fowler
1949- Barrie Wingard
1948- Esther Greene
1947- Margaret Griffin
1946- Anne Mae Mors
1945- Margaret Seibl
1944- Gloria Mae Grisso, Virginia Owens (Multiple South Carolina representatives)
1943- Sarah Nina Harvin, Jenelle Virginia Strange (Multiple South Carolina representatives)
1942- Nelle Xermenia Owens, Virginia Pulliam (Multiple South Carolina representatives)
1941- Gloria Frances Missel, Miriam King (Multiple South Carolina representatives)
1940- LaBruce Sherill, Vanadora Bake (Multiple South Carolina representatives)
1939- Margaret Allan Shealy, Mary Eleanor Parish (Multiple South Carolina representatives)
1938- Margaret Simrill Land
1937- Wayring Smathers
1936- No South Carolina representative
1935- No South Carolina representative
1934- No Miss America held
1933- No South Carolina representative
1932- No Miss America held
1931- No Miss America held
1930- No Miss America held
1929- No Miss America held
1928- No Miss America held
1927- Mary Claudia Harvin
1926- Dorothy Brickman
1925- No South Carolina representative
1924- No South Carolina representative
1923- Agatha G. Schachte
1922- No South Carolina representative
1921- No South Carolina representative

To see a full list of preliminary titles for the Miss South Carolina pageant use the filtering options on https://www.pageantplanet.com/directory/category/pageant