Becoming a Miss Contestant

All contestants in the Miss Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program will receive a scholarship for their continuing education!

The Miss Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program is an educational pageant focused on helping young people develop their personal skills. Leadership skills along with Community Service opportunities in their Communities are the first two lessons we teach. During our practices we have Leadership Workshops that will help our Contestants with Respecting & Honoring themselves & others. We are not just another Beauty Pageant with a crown looking for a contestant to go on to a State Pageant. We are the Scholarship Program here in the Greater Southwest Michigan Area that empowers young people to make a difference in Southwest Michigan. To become Miss Southwest Michigan, it requires personal commitment and ambition.

(Applications are at the bottom of this page.)

When & Where:

The 2018 Miss Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program is scheduled for April 28, 2018 at the Bridgman High School Preforming Arts Center.

Mandatory Orientation:

  • Mandatory Orientation for Miss Program: Saturday, February 3, 2018 8am - Noon.
  • Contestants manuals will be handed out at the orientation.

Production Rehearsals:

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 Mrs. 8:00am - 3:00pm with a complimentary lunch.
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018 Mrs. 8:00am - 3:00pm with a complimentary lunch.

Dress Rehearsal:

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm with a complimentary lunch.
  • Held at the Bridgman High School Preforming Arts Center.

Community Service Project:

Sunday, March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm Community Service Project at Local Assisted Living Facility.

To be a contestant, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 25 on pageant date.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Live in the Greater Southwest Michigan Area.
  • Have never been convicted of a felony crime.

Phases of Competition:

There are five phases of competition for the Miss Program.

  1. Interview counts for 50% of a contestant's score.
  2. Evening Wear counts for 20% of a contestant's score.
  3. Active Wear counts for 10% of a contestant's score.
  4. On-stage question counts for 10% of a contestant's score/
  5. Paperwork counts for 10% of a contestant's score.

Wardrobe needed for Competition:

  • Interview: Professional Dress, Suit or Pantsuit.
  • Evening Wear: Evening Gown Floor Length.
  • Active Wear: Active Wear outfit of her choice with matching tennis shoe.
  • On-Stage Question: Professional Dress, Suit or Pantsuit.
  • Note: The Program has a Closet that has many items to choose from for wardrobe rental.

Note: The Program Closet has many items to choose from for wardrobe rental.

Job Description:

If chosen Miss Southwest Michigan, you are expected to represent your platform, to be a positive role model, and to participate in Southwest Michigan’s Community Services & Events. 

The Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program Description:

The Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program focus is to teach the young people here in the Greater Southwest Michigan Area – Communication, Leadership, Community Service, Respect & Honor.  All scholarships awarded through this Program are given to the young people in the Greater Southwest Michigan Area only.

Click here to fill out the Application Form/Office Fact Sheet

Sign form and mail to: 
The Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program 
P.O. Box 623 
St. Joseph, MI 49085

Entry Fee & Items Needed:

  • Early Bird Special runs September 1st – December 31st Miss $25 Entry Fee & Copy of Birth Certificate mailed and received on or before 12/31/17 in Program Office.
  • January 1st – February 3rd Miss $100 Entry Fee & Copy of Birth Certificate mailed and received on or before 2/3/18 in Program Office.

Questions, Comments, or Concerns:

Please feel free to call, write or e-mail the Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program Office, if you have any questions or concerns. We cannot stress enough that we are here to help you make your participation in the Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program a fun, exciting, and educational adventure. Office: (269) 428-4999. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..