September 4, 2013


Returning to it's birthplace and in front of the historic Boardwalk Hall where these contestants will compete once again.   The contestants' arrival kicks off a week of festivities and  events around Atlantic City leading into a week of preliminary competitions (interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent and evening wear, culminating in the live telecast on ABC, Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. (EST).

On hand to announce the finalists the contestants for this ceremony were a host of organizational and governmental luminaries, including Kim Guadagno, New Jersey's Lt. Governor and Secretary of State; Lorenzo Langford, Honorable Mayor of Atlantic City; Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive, John Palmieri, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Liza Cartmell, President of the Atlantic City Alliance; Lori Herndon, President of AtlantiCare, Sam Haskell, III, Miss America Chairman & CEO; Sharon Pearce, Miss America President.

The Quality of Life Awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service.  These awards recognize those contestants who shine in their involvement with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform of the Miss America Organization, and their own personal platform issue

The winner of the Quality of Life Award will receive a $6,000 scholarship, the first runner-up will win a $4,000 scholarship, and the second runner-up will win a $2,000 scholarship. 

The finalists for the 2014 Quality of Life Award's are:

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT                         
Miss Arkansas Amy Crain  Bullying: Prevention & Recovery    
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis   Heart Health & Heart Safety    
Miss Michigan  Haley Williams Through a Childs Eyes: Conquering  Childhood Grief
Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick Full Plates, Healthy States 
Miss North Carolina   Johna Edwards Readers to Leaders   
Miss Rhode Island  Jessica Marfeo B.F.F.Be Friends First 
Miss South Carolina     Brooke Mosteller College Application Day      

Today, the Miss America Organization for the first time,  announced the first annual STEM scholarships to the Miss America Foundation.  These scholarships will allow women to pursue numerous careers in the sciences and mathematics, fields that continue to grow exponentially as we enter into a new age of technology and medicine. As the Miss America Foundation advocates STEM education through the arrival of a new scholarship.  The lives of women who wish to pursue careers in STEM subjects will significantly change as they engage in dynamic careers where women can thrive and grow as humans, learners, and teachers for future generations to come.
The two recipients of the S.T.E.M. will receive an additional scholarships of $5,000 each.

 The Finalists for the S.T.E.M. scholarships are:   
Miss California Crystal Lee To start her own Technology company
Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick  To become a neurologist specializing in pain management
Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney To become a college Math Professor
Miss Rhode Island  Jessica Marfeo To become the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health
Miss South Dakota Tessa Dee To obtain masters degree in Kinesiology

The winner's of the Quality of Life Awards & STEM Awards will be announced at The Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, at the during the 11:00 a.m. Miss America press conference.

Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at

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