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     The Miss Downriver Scholarship Program is proud to be a local preliminary for the Miss Michigan & Miss America Organizations.  The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.  Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent, and intelligence.
      
      Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to the over 12,000 young women who compete in state and local competitions as well. 
      The lucky young ladies chosen as Miss Downriver 2015 & Downriver's 2015 Outstanding Teen will have their registration paid to compete at the Miss Michigan & Outstanding Teen Pageants, scheduled for June 2016, in Muskegon. The Miss Michigan winner will compete at the Miss America 2016 pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Michigan's Outstanding Teen will compete at the Miss America Teen Pageant, scheduled for 2016 in Orlando, FL.  There will also be an option for two All Kids Matter contestants, ages 6 - 12, to attend & participate onstage in the Miss Michigan Pageant. 
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