Official Miss New York and Miss America Preliminary Competition at Buffalo

The Miss Buffalo Scholarship Organization welcomes contestants for our 2018 Competition

Crown for the 2017 Miss Buffalo New York Competition

Participating in the Miss America Organization is one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences available to young women in the United States. Each year, more than 10,000 young women participate at the local, state, and national levels, culminating in the selection of 52 national finalists who compete for the title of Miss America.

To become Miss America, a contestant must first enter and win a local competition, and then compete to represent her state — a process requiring hard work, talent, and personal commitment. As a state titleholder, a contestant may only compete once at the national Miss America Competition.

Miss Buffalo NY

Where to Start:

The Miss America Organization’s contestant age eligibility requirements are based on a calendar year, not a pageant cycle. In order to be eligible to compete in a local or state competition, a contestant cannot be older than twenty-five (25) years of age on December 31st the year she could be chosen to represent her state in the National Finals. In order to meet age eligibility requirements to compete in local competitions for the 2018 State Competition, a contestant must be at least 18 years of age and her birth year can be no earlier than 1993. In addition, a contestant must:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain city or state;
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization;
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements; and
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state, and national competition(s) in which you compete.


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, regardless of whether a title is won;
  • 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.