End of Year Giving
This year marks the 81st year of the Miss Texas competition. During those years over 3,000 young women from our state have competed and in 2018, 52 girls received over $100,000 in scholarship assistance to help meet their higher education goals.
The Miss Texas Organization (MTO) is a state preliminary to the Miss American competition. Each year, approximately 100 girls vie for the title to compete on the Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen stage and to receive scholarship assistance.
The Miss Texas Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, needs your financial support for academic scholarships. Many of our young women may not be able to go to college without the funding that comes from people like you who support youth and communities.
The Miss America Organization (MAO) is the largest provider of scholarship assistance to women in the country. Each state has a grassroots network of candidates and volunteers with ties to their local communities. In Texas, the MAO has hundreds of volunteers who assist young women to develop leadership and public speaking skills, impact their communities on social issues and reach their education potential.
Over the course of this year we will be focusing on some of our wonderful candidates and this End of Year Giving campaign we are proud to start with Miss Lone Star Carlye Zeringue (see photo above). At 17, Carlye was diagnosed with various forms of ADHD that affected her recognition of numbers and letters. As she recounted, “You can imagine how that impacted my performance in English and Math classes.” Carlye shared that she felt labeled by fellow classmates and teachers for her learning disabilities.
According to Carlye, “All that changed when I joined the Miss America Organization, and I began to thrive.” She said that her involvement has led to her passion for service, public speaking, and advocating for children and teens with learning differences. Carlye uses her social impact project titled “She is Able-Not a Label: ADHD Awareness and Acceptance” to reach them.
Having competed in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Competition and winning several titles and scholarships, Carlye decided to compete in the Miss Texas Competition. Winning a local title and placing as a Top 10 finalist at the 2018 Miss Texas competition, she won a $3,000 scholarship for tuition costs this fall at the University of Mississippi.
Carlye returns next summer to compete again. Her goal is to win Miss Texas, add to her scholarship fund and dance at Miss America. She says, “The MAO has changed my life and allowed me to reach my goal to give to others the way the organization has given to me.”
We invite you to be a part of our goal to raise even more scholarship assistance for the young women of Texas. Our goal is to raise $50K by years-end. You can help by supporting Carlye, and other young women from Texas, reach their dreams by choosing your level of donation below. A recurring donation will ensure that this important scholarship program is sustained. Thank you for your support!