• Miss Iowa Scholarship Program

    Official preliminary to Miss America.


Preliminary Night Scoring:

  • 35% Private Interview
  • 15% On-stage Interview/Social Impact Pitch
  • 35% Talent
  • 15% Red Carpet

Final Night Scoring:

  • 40% Composite Score
  • 10% On-stage Interview
  • 35% Talent
  • 15% Red Carpet

Final Conversation/Final Ballot for Top 5

– ONLY State Competitions with ten (10) or more Candidates competing for job/title

– Nine (9) Candidates or Less – No Final Conversation/Final Ballot and placement is determined by the competition scores

– No Final Ballot at Local Competitions – competition scores determine placement


  • 35% Private Interview
  • 15% Onstage Interview/Social Impact Pitch
  • 35% Talent
  • 15% Red Carpet

Local Competition Phases of Competition 

1. Personal Interview with Judges

  • Wardrobe: Candidate’s Choice: Interview Attire
  • Allows insight into the candidate’s ability to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the job description and contract
  • Provides the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the candidate’s qualities and attributes to fulfill the titleholder position
  • Allows insight into the commitment to advance and execute on her social impact initiative and have a year of service - not celebrity
  • Allows insight into the commitment to continue her education 
  • Allows insight into the ability to express and distinguish her beliefs and have a true knowledge of the world around her 
  • Ability to get sense of accomplishments above and beyond the resume

2. On Stage Interview 

Wardrobe: Candidate’s Choice: Interviewing for the Job 

  • Advancing the same criteria as the personal interview by bringing it on stage in an interactive energetic way to showcase each candidates’ intelligence, personality, charisma, and aptitude for the titleholder job 
  • Allows audiences to truly get to know the candidate
  • Allows ability to see how these discussions take place in a public forum showcasing the greater ability to communicate., stage presence, commanding presence, and relatability
  • Allows ability to determine if the candidate cannot simply answer the question asked, but build on a conversation from the personal interview
  • Allows the ability to see interactivity and discussion
  • Allows the ability to see if candidate can serve as a role model and is reflective of her generation

Note:   On Stage Interview is a continuation of the private interview. The judge who started private interview for the particular candidate writes their on-stage question, no other person, at the immediate conclusion of that candidates’ interview. The on-stage questions cannot be provided to the candidates or anyone else in advance of the on-stage competition. The minimum expectation is one question. The judge is not required to read the question live if it cannot be accommodated. It would be ideal for this element of competition if the questions were asked by the judge live and more than one question would allow for better display of speaking skills to the audience, but it may not always be possible. 

3. Evening Wear/Social Impact Statement Competition (“Red Carpet”) 

Wardrobe: Candidate’s Choice: Red Carpet Glamour 

  • Allows a look into a how the candidate exhibits her own personal style, attitude, personality, grace, presence, and confidence while making her own statement about her mission for the job. 
  • Allows a look into composure, confidence, the attention she captures on the stage, her command of the stage, presence, and how she appears in the spotlight
  • Allows ability to judge first impression reaction 
  • Allows a look at posture and carriage 
  • Allows a chance to hear a candidate’s presentation of her social impact initiative for social media in a different setting 

4. Talent 

Wardrobe: Candidate’s Choice: Talent

  • Allows insight into the candidate’s preparatory and performance skills
  • Looks at selection of talent presentation, as well as the performance 
  • Looks at interpretive ability and technical skill level including execution, technique synchronization, and control
  • Allows insight into stage presence and on-state personality 
  • Allows a look at the totality of the elements; Costume, Props, Music, Voice, Use of the Body, and Choreography
  • Looks for how enjoyable and relatable the performance is



  • Must be at least thirteen (13) years of age on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes; and
  • Must not be older than seventeen (17) years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes, unless she is 18 years old and has not graduated from high school as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.

For the 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.


  • Private Interview - 25%
  • Talent - 35%
  • Evening Wear/On-Stage Question - 25% Lifestyle & Fitness - 15%