• Miss Iowa Scholarship Program

    Official preliminary to Miss America.

Our Scholarship and Mission Statement

The Miss Iowa Scholarship Program's mission is to provide scholarship awards within a competitive system designed to enhance educational and career opportunities for young women.  While encouraging young women to serve as positive role models through service and personal development, the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program provides exposure to experiences that personal confidence, showcase talents, and serve the community.

EDUCATION is our goal!

The Miss Iowa Scholarship Program is a non-profit organization solely dependent on grants and contributions from businesses, organizations, individuals, and special event fundraisers, to support the scholarship awards and operation expenses of the Miss Iowa program. Your contributions play a vital role as we continue to offer college scholarships to some of the most outstanding young women of Iowa. Thank YOU for contributing to our success.



  • Miss Iowa 2016 $10,000 from Miss Iowa Scholarship Program plus $500 from the Kathy Curry Medhus Scholarship Fund - Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw
  • 1st Runner-Up $1900 – Maggie Gehlsen
  • 2nd Runner-Up $1700 – Emmy Cuvelier
  • 3rd Runner-Up $1500 – Jessica Baker
  • 4th Runner-Up $1300 – Arielle Comellas
  • Finalists (5 @ $525) – Gia Dougherty, Emma Haselhuhn, Paige Siegworth, Emily Tinsman and Maddison Lange
    $100 of each scholarship awarded to the Runners-up is provided by LUCKY LANG, REALTOR®


  • The Miss America State Community Service Award $1000 – Emmy Cuvelier
  • The Jack and Gayle Broderick Miss Iowa Community Service Award $1000 – Maddison Lange
  • The Miss America State Academic Award $1000 – Emily Tinsman
  • SHELDON SITRICK Overall Interview Award $500 – Maggie Gehlsen
  • LISA DONDLINGER Award for Excellence in Performance and Academics - $500 – Emmy Cuvelier
  • DAVENPORT KIWANIS Non-Finalist Interview Award $500 – Katie Markey
  • LUCKY LANG, REALTOR® Preliminary Talent Awards, (2 @ $200 each) – Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw and Emily Tinsman
  • LUCKY LANG, REALTOR® Non-Finalist Talent Award $200 – Cara Cipperley
  • JENNIFER NEAL COLYER Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award $100 – Emmy Cuvelier
  • LOCALS’ ASSOCIATION Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award $100 – Maggie Gehlsen
  • JESSICA PRAY Vocal Scholarship (Awarded to Miss or Teen) $100 – Emmy Cuvelier
  • MIRACLE MAKER Award from Children’s Miracle Network – Emmy Cuvelier
  • LOCALS’ ASSOCIATION - DALE DOSE Applause Award – Rachel Wirt
  • Spirit of Miss Iowa Award (Trophy) – Emily Folker
  • People’s Choice Award (Trophy) – Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw


  • Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen $1,000 – Cali Wilson
  • 1st  Runner-up $350 – Hailey Parton
  • 2nd Runner-up $300 – Gabriella Aguirre
  • 3rd Runner-up $250 – Alexis Schroeder
  • 4th Runner-up $200 – Carissa Johnson


  • JENNIFER NEAL COLYER Lifestyle and Fitness Award ($125) – Hailey Parton
  • LOCALS’ ASSOCIATION Non-finalist Talent Award ($125) – Riley Shryock
  • PAULI MAYFIELD ESCOBEDO Overall Interview Award ($125) – Faith Bourgeacq
  • Academic Excellence Award ($100) – Alexis Schroeder
  • LOCALS’ ASSOCIATION - DALE DOSE Applause Award ($100) – Faith Bourgeacq
  • People’s Choice Award (Trophy) – Faith Bourgeacq
  • Spirit of Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen Award (Trophy) – Alexis Schroeder