Feb. 25, 2013
WEST HAVEN, CONN. --- University of New Haven students and young women from across New Haven County will compete for scholarships and the chance to become Miss Connecticut and even Miss America at the Miss UNH/Miss New Haven County Scholarship Pageant at Dodds Hall Theater at UNH at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.
The two young women crowned Miss UNH and Miss New Haven County will each win a $3,000 annual undergraduate scholarship to UNH, the only university in New England to offer the scholarships.
Six UNH students will compete for the Miss UNH crown, and seven young women will compete in the Miss New Haven County contest. The young women will compete in talent, swimsuit and evening wear competitions and answer an on-stage interview question. Earlier in the day, each contestant will be interviewed by a panel of six judges on the UNH campus.
Ashley Abate, a UNH admissions counselor who received a B.S. from UNH in 2007, and was Miss New Haven County 2007, said Connecticut pageant officials are grateful for UNH’s scholarship support and hope that the university’s participation will influence other colleges and universities in the Northeast to provide similar scholarships to young women.
The scholarships are in addition to any merit-based aid that students are already receiving or may receive from UNH. The Miss UNH competition is open only to UNH students.
Those competing for Miss New Haven County must be between the ages of 17-24 and live work or attend school in the state.
The Miss Connecticut Pageant is an official preliminary contest of the Miss America Pageant, the nation's leading beauty competition. Abate said it is the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women, with $45 million in cash and scholarships awarded since its inception. This past year, Miss America won a $50,000 annual scholarship.
The Miss Connecticut Scholarship Corporation is a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to outstanding young women to help advance them academically and professionally. Abate said participants have gone on to achieve major success in diverse fields including medicine, law, business, broadcast journalism, theater and politics.
In addition to the contestants, Abate said other young women who are part of the Miss America organization will perform during the pageant. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for UNH students with a UNH ID.
“It should be a very exciting night,” she said.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.