NBC’s “The 2020 Miss America Competition” will be telecast live Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. CT at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.
The competition follows 51 compelling candidates as they compete for life-changing scholarships to be used to continue their efforts toward community service and education. The show will continue to highlight a diverse group of young students and professionals who are advancing the message of female strength, independence and empowerment through their efforts in the areas of scholarship, talent and social impact.
The Miss America Organization has ushered in a new era of progressiveness and inclusiveness, led by an all-female leadership team.
Over the last two years, the Miss America Organization and its state competitions have awarded nearly $6 million in scholarships.
At the end of the telecast, one candidate will be chosen for the job of Miss America 2020 to build upon their social impact initiative through appearances at colleges and universities and take part in many other events, including making numerous visits to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) (4), is one of the most recognizable household names in America working to empower young women through education and service. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 licensed state organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America candidates contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised more than $17 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c) (3), provides academic, community service, and other scholarships to young women.
The Miss Illinois program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women and to promote their voices in culture, politics, and the community. The program provides a forum for today’s young women to express their viewpoints, talents, and accomplishments to audiences during the Miss Illinois Scholarship Contest and to the public-at-large during the ensuing year. Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college or postgraduate degrees and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations.
The first “Miss Illinois” sent to the national pageant was Lois Delander in 1927, who subsequently won the Miss America title. Including Delander, five Miss Illinois representatives have won the Miss America title.
Ariel Beverly of East Moline was crowned Miss Illinois 2019 on June 15, 2019 at Marion Cultural Arts & Civic Center in Marion, Illinois. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2020.