The application period is now open for the Miss River Raisin Scholarship Program

BLISSFIELD — Potential contestants for the title of the 27th Miss River Raisin Festival are invited to apply.

Lenawee County women aged 18-25 as of December 31, 2022 or 19-26 as of December 31, 2023 are invited to register. Prospective candidates can register until April 22 in order to participate in a virtual orientation program on April 24.

The scholarship program’s annual crowning ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 8 during the River Raisin Festival at Blissfield’s Clara Bachmayer Park.

The program, according to a press release, is for young women in the county who are seeking scholarships, leadership and service opportunities. The Miss River Raisin Scholarship Program has awarded $161,850 in college scholarships to women in Lenawee County over the past 26 years of competition. In 2021, $11,750 has been awarded.

Pre-applications, which detail eligibility requirements, are now available at The Advance newspaper in Blissfield, 121 Newspaper St., and by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] Applications will soon also be at the offices of Lenawee County High School Guidance Counselors.

Young single women who meet the age requirements, reside in Lenawee County, attend a county middle school or high school full-time, or work full-time in the county (and who have either 30 days before the competition) are invited to run for the title, the statement said. Candidates participate in private interviews, talent interviews, red carpet evening wear, stage interviews and a social impact statement. There are no more swimsuit contests. Talent is limited to 90 seconds and contestants must use provided equipment.

“This is a Lenawee County-wide program for young women who have aspirations that could be advanced through the local Miss America organization,” said Marcia Loader, director. executive of the Miss River Raisin Scholarship Program, in the statement. “Each will emerge with the ability to navigate a job interview and present a professional resume with community service at its heart.”

Current Miss River Raisin Festival Laurel Hammis, who will compete in Muskegon for the title of Miss Michigan in June, has a social impact initiative – formerly known as the platform – called “Give of Yourself: Donate Blood” . She works with both Versiti and the American Red Cross to promote blood donations and is set to donate her second full gallon of blood herself, according to the statement. She is a history graduate from Adrian College in 2021 and will begin her graduate studies at the University of Michigan in the fall.

“Applicants will find confidence, interview skills, a love of service, encouragement, an opportunity to develop and showcase talent and a positive group of peers in the program,” the statement read.

The local program has a schedule of rehearsals and events beginning in June and two fundraisers in May to build camaraderie and trust. A schedule will be provided to candidates during orientation on April 24.

The Miss River Raisin Scholarship Pageant is the only local program in the state that offers free admission and is conducted outdoors.

“Our legacy is to prepare young women from the ground up for the Miss America program, but more importantly, for their careers and their lives,” Loader said. “We had two first runners-up to Miss Michigan, a second runner-up, several top 10s, and numerous winners of academic achievement, community service, and interview awards. Many of our titleholders have won other local titles and have been able to return to Miss Michigan with one reaching the top five twice.

“The opportunity for personal empowerment and growth cannot be measured, but we have former nominees and titleholders who serve or have served as healthcare professionals, in education, politics, law , health, engineering, business, arts, manufacturing, social work, and nonprofit leadership.

The new Miss River Raisin Festival will preside over Blissfield’s 38th summer event, participate in Lenawee County activities, promote its social impact initiative, and compete in the Miss Michigan 2023 Pageant. Miss Michigan 2023 is competing for the title of Miss America 2024.

At the moment, the amounts of the scholarships have not yet been fixed and will depend on what is collected in the coming months, according to the press release. The latest winners received a minimum of $2,500. Scholarships come from companies, fundraising projects and individual donations.

Loader can also be reached by dialing 517-486-2400.

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