The Miss Auburn Scholarship Program is the strongest community based scholarship competition of its kind in the state. In 1997 the Miss American organization proclaimed the Miss Auburn Scholarship Fund to be the largest in the entire Miss America local pageant system. The Miss Auburn Scholarship Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America Pageants.
The program is produced by the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program Inc. and sponsored by The Auburn Noon Lions Club. It is an official preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America Scholarship Pageants.
The Miss Auburn Scholarship Program is a dynamic educational program. It provides opportunities for young women to expand their quest for knowledge and acquire skills to better equip them for future opportunities. Most importantly, participants will have many occasions to develop their leadership skills, resulting in a greater sense of awareness of their potential.
The goal of the Miss Auburn Program is to inspire accomplishments and motivate personal achievement in young women. This program aims to assist young women to reach their educational goals and dreams.
The Miss Auburn Scholarship Program provides in-depth training and experience in developing leadership and interview skills. This will pay dividends throughout the young woman’s career and lifetime. She will also receive extensive training in developing her choice of talent, along with personal grooming, poise and wardrobe consultation.
The Miss Auburn Scholarship Program is open to young women of the Auburn community who are interested in serving in a leadership role that fosters community service.
History of the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program
Since 1962 when the program was reorganized to be affiliated with the Miss America Scholarship Program, the pageant has continued to grow both in the number of contestants and the amount of scholarships awarded to become one of the largest local pageants in the state of Washington. In the late 1990s, this program awarded more local dollars than any other local program in the nation.
Auburn’s first Miss Washington was Amber Hamilton in 1995 and Auburn-native and former Miss Auburn (2007) Devanni Partridge took the Miss America stage in 2009 as Miss Washington as a Miss Seattle titleholder. In 2010, the program added the Outstanding Teen Program.
Auburn is one of the first programs to select multiple queens (Miss Auburn Valley and Miss Auburn Auto Dealers) and continues to thrive under the leadership of the all-volunteer board of directors and an ever-growing fan base and with the help of local business and community members awards thousands of dollars in year in scholarship money to Auburn-area young women.