Orlando, Florida – June 1, 2015 – Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc., one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and one of the world’s largest providers of scholarship assistance to young women, announced today that its July 2015 competition marks the organization’s 10th anniversary in Orlando.
Ten years ago, MAOTeen’s Chairman of the Board Donna Bozarth set out in a makeshift home office to build a meaningful scholarship program that would provide girls ages 13 to 17 a platform to share and express their viewpoints, demonstrate their commitment to community service, pursue their educational dreams and serve as role models throughout the country.
Today, MAOTeen serves as a springboard of opportunity for participants to pursue their higher education dreams and impact their communities. The reigning MAOTeen 2015, Olivia McMillan was named by Teen Vogue as a Top 10 teen who changed the world in 2014. She has been featured in Seventeen and is part of the #aerieReal campaign, which encourages women to celebrate who they really are.
“With the help of thousands of volunteers across the country, we have become a leader in college scholarships for exceptional high school students who participate in our local, state and national competitions,” says Chairman Bozarth. “We set the bar by what we believe defines greatness: inspiring others to be generous with their time and talents. I am immensely proud to be leading a team that strives for doing their best every day and relentlessly works to change the world.”
MAOTeen staff, volunteers and participants have delivered more than 70,000 hours to 5,062 service projects, raising over $1,.7 million for worthy causes, according to Bozarth.
MAOTeen President Kim Parrish says, “MAOTeen was launched with the mindset that we could invest in future generations through education, and we have demonstrated that by providing nearly $1 million in cash scholarships to more than 110 colleges and universities. There is a great sense of pride when you know that you are enabling young women to be tomorrow’s leaders. We look forward to continuing to help our participants achieve their educational dreams.”
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition has become a highly anticipated annual event in Orlando each summer, featuring talent and artistry rivaling the likes of American Idol and America’s Got Talent. With a total reach of 1.8 million people, the event brings nearly 5,000 people to Orlando each season and generates $2.2 million in economic impact locally. The Rosen Centre on International Drive serves as the official host hotel with the competition held at the Linda Chapin Theatre in the Orange County Convention Center. For 8 days, people from every state, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, make “The City Beautiful” even more beautiful.
Individuals and families are invited to see fame crowned July 28-August 1, with tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com Sponsorships are also available to companies and individuals who wish to become aligned with MAOTeen’s high-profile brand and unique competition focusing on community, scholarship and the nation’s top teen role models. Parrish says, “We are deeply grateful to MAOTeen’s sponsors as we look back and celebrate a wonderful decade of achievements. We’ve done amazing things together, but the best is yet to come!”
About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs. 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 $100,000 this year 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.
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