Clearwater, Florida – April 16, 2015 – Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Olivia McMillan has been admitted to the Juilliard School’s Bachelor of Music degree program, majoring in voice and was also named the recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.

Established in 2014, the Kovner Fellowship is a merit-based scholarship award that covers the full estimated cost of attendance to The Juilliard School. Kovner Fellows benefit from comprehensive scholarship support covering tuition, room and board, and additional expenses, and by enhanced programmatic content. Juilliard is extremely grateful to Bruce and Suzie Kovner for their pioneering generosity and visionary leadership in establishing this program.

As the only scholarship program that covers all expenses for the entire course of study at Juilliard, Kovner Fellows are chosen based on three primary criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the highest caliber (as determined by faculty nominations, audition comments/ratings, jury comments, and resumes.)
  • Successful academic history (as measured by academic transcripts and, when applicable, English language proficiency in accordance with prevailing admissions standards.)
  • Personal capacity for intellectual curiosity, commitment to the value of art in society, and potential for leadership in the field (as determined by application essays and letters of recommendation.)

In addition to her scholastic success, Olivia was named by Teen Vogue as a Top 10 teen who changed the world in 2014. Olivia’s mantra? “I’m all about self-love and appreciating your life no matter what cards you’re dealt,” she says. That’s how she got where she is today. Olivia has already performed and spoken to audiences totaling over 1 million and will continue to inspire others.

Olivia is also part of the #aerieReal campaign. “The purpose of ‘aerie Real’ is to communicate there is no need to retouch beauty, and to give young women of all shapes and sizes the chance to discover amazing styles that work best for them,” said Jennifer Foyle, aerie’s Chief Merchandising Officer. “We want to help empower young women to be confident in themselves and their bodies.” As part of this campaign, Olivia has been able to spark a conversation with consumers about the true meaning of beauty.

Prior to departing for Juilliard in August, Olivia will spend six weeks touring the country performing and speaking about her personal platform, focused on the siblings of children with special needs.

The little sister to Miss America, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and has made available more than $18 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance since its inception in 2005. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has a long standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has raised nearly $1 million to help improve the lives of children across the country.

Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.

For information on how you can volunteer with or become a sponsor of the MAOTeen Organization, please contact Steve Frocchi at 727-614-9731 or steve@maoteen.org.

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