Miss Wisconsin Rapids Scholarship Organization


Participating in the Miss Wisconsin Rapids organization is one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences available to young women in the area.  

Being a contestant requires hard work, talent, and personal commitment, but there are countless benefits of participating!

Benefits of the Program
  • Gain valuable experience and develop life skills that will benefit your everyday life (i.e. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.);

  • Earn quality scholarship funds for college and graduate school. Every contestant will earn a scholarship!

  • Create awareness of your potential strengths and increase your self-confidence;

  • Find new interests and discover new opportunities;

  • Make lifelong friendships and relationships with your peers, as well as other generations;

  • Gain a sense of accomplishment by using your free time in a positive and constructive manner;

  • Learn to set goals, follow them through, and exceed your expectations;

  • Develop a sense of responsibility for helping others;

  • Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals; and

  • Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community.


To become a contestant, you must:

  • Be at least a senior in high school at the time of competition

  • Be between at least 17 years old by July 31st, 2019  and no older than 25.

  • Be a United States citizen

  • Live in, work full time in, or go to school/college in Wisconsin Rapids and surrounding areas, including Nekoosa, Port Edwards, Vesper, Rudolph, Pittsville, Rome and Grand Rapids

  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization

  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the Miss Wisconsin Rapids Organization

The Process

Each spring, we will hold a general informational meeting about our program for any new contestants who wish to compete. Follow us on social media for news about upcoming meetings! In the summer before the pageant,  we will offer resources and availability in our volunteer's schedules if you choose to meet or connect on your on time.

We want to make sure all of our contestants feel 100% ready for the pageant, no matter their  experience level. In the fall, we hold workshops on Wednesday evening for candidates to learn all the skills necessary to be fully prepared for the pageant. Workshops include platform and resume building, talent rehearsals, mock interviews, opening number practice, styling and public speaking practice. Each contestant is also assigned a hostess or "host mom: that will help her throughout the workshops and competition. 

Competition Day

The morning of the competition, each contestant will meet with a panel of five judges for a private, ten-minute interview. Interviews are designed for the judges to gain insight into the contestant’s personality, intelligence, communication skills, ability to fulfill the job requirements, and her commitment to the community. Interview questions cover a range of topics from past experience, to career goals, to current events and to platform knowledge.  

The remaining phases of competition are judged on-stage the night of the pageant. The Talent competition is designed to determine a contestant’s overall skill level and entertainment value. This is often a favorite for contestants and audience members alike! Contestants prepare a 90-second routine that best reflects their technical skill and personality. Contestants can sing, dance, play and instrument, recite a monologue or even perform a unique talent like a karate routine!

In the Evening Wear competition, contestants are able to show their poise, confidence, beauty, charm and elegance.  Contestants choose an evening wear outfit (typically a long gown) that best reflects their personal style and elevates their presence. During this phase of competition, each contestant will also make a statement about her Social Impact Initiative (formerly known as Platform). 

The On-stage question competition is designed to determine a contestant’s public speaking skills and ability to think on her feet. Each contestant answers one current event question that is drawn from a fish-bowl and is given twenty seconds to share her opinion on the topic.

In each phase of competition, the judges will score the contestants on a scale of 1 to 10. Based on the areas of competition above, the contestant with the highest overall total score will become the next Miss Wisconsin Rapids!