“Miss America represents the highest ideals. She is a real combination of beauty, grace, and intelligence, artistic and refined. She is a type which the American Girl might well emulate.”

Those words were spoken by Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce President Frederick Hickman more than 75 years ago, and they still ring true today. Miss America is a role model to young and old alike, and a spokesperson, using her title to educate millions of Americans on an issue of importance to herself and society at large.

Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America pageant has been empowering woman and providing millions of dollars in educational assistance since 1921. Last year, the Miss America organization made available more than $45 million for participants to attend college.

Because of the generous donations from the Gracia B. Livingston Foundation, each year we are able to award thousands of dollars in educational scholarships to the young women in Central Florida to attend the university of her choice. Through the Miss America organization, dozens of participants in our area are able to graduate from college completely debt free.