November 13, 2016


The Miss Lane County Scholarship Program is an unparalleled opportunity for young women to earn scholarships, serve the community and build invaluable skills and relationships. Read on to see if the Miss Lane County Scholarship Program might be a good fit for you!

Phases of Competition

Contestants competing for the titles of Miss Lane County, Miss Linn-Benton County or Miss Central Valley will compete in the following five categories. Each contestant is scored on a scale of 1-10 (whole numbers only) in each category below by a panel of five to seven judges.

Interview (25%)

The Private interview is ten minutes long and assesses the contestants preparedness, professionalism, and her ability to articulate her thoughts quickly and effectively. This phase of competition is always first and has the largest impact on a judges choice in winner.

Talent (30%)

Every contestant has 90 seconds to perform a talent of her choice in front of the judges and the audience. This phase assesses the contestants dedication to her craft and stage presence. Talents include but are not limited to singing, dancing, theatrical monologue and instrumental performances. Performances must be done alone (accompaniment music is allowed) and talents involving fire, archery live animals and fire-arms are not appropriate talents for the competition. For this phase the entertainment value of the performance is just as important as the raw talent.

Evening Wear (15%)

The evening wear competition gives a contestant the opportunity to project her grace and presence on the stage. Contestants generally wear full length and age appropriate gowns but there are no limitations on the style, cut or color.

Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit (10%)

The swimsuit competition is about physical health and confidence on a stage. Its not about being skinny, its about being healthy. Contestant may wear a one or two piece suit and while there are not restrictions on style or color, solid colors tend to present best on stage.

On-Stage Question (20%)

The onstage question gives the audience a sneak peak into the private interview. It consists of one or two questions asked during the competition night and is used to assess a contestant’s ability to articulate her thoughts under pressure.


The following must be true for all contestants to be eligible to compete (for the calendar year 2018):

  1. I am and always have been female
  2. I am not pregnant and have no intention of becoming pregnant between now and the end of my year of service
  3. I am not currently a parent or legal guardian and have no intention of becoming a parent or legal guardian between now and the end of my year of service
  4. I have never been convicted of any crime greater than a misdemeanor
  5. I am a high school senior, high school graduate or GED recipient
  6. I was born on or between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 2000
  7. I am currently 18 years of age or will turn 18 before the Miss Lane County pageant takes place
  8. I am currently no older than 25 and will not turn 26 before December 31st, 2018

You are eligible for the Miss Lane, Linn and Benton County Titles if ANY of the following are true:

  1. I live full time in the county respective to the title I am competing for 6 months or longer
  2. I work full time in the county respective to the title I am competing for 6 months or longer
  3. I attend school full time in the county respective to the title I am competing for 6 months or longer (must physically attend, online classes do not qualify)

Financial Requirements

Miss Lane County

In order to compete, all contestants are expected to register with and raise $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). This requirement is set by the National Miss America Organization. If your CMNH money is not raised by the deadline specified in the contestant packet you will not be allowed to compete. Contestants will be required to participate in the Build Your Own Scholarship Program as program. By selling ads or procuring sponsors you help support the scholarship fund and build a scholarship for yourself at the same time through the Build Your Own Scholarship Program. A contestant’s first $100 raised will be awarded back to them as a scholarship ONLY AFTER they compete in the pageant. You are responsible for purchasing all of your wardrobe as required for competition.

Miss Oregon

Winners at the local level are required to raise an additional $500.00 for the Children’s Miracle Network in order to compete at the Miss Oregon Competition. You are also required to raise $300.00 in program ads for the Miss Oregon souvenir program. As a Miss Lane County titleholder you are responsible for purchasing your own wardrobe for state, including the swimsuit and opening number outfit required by the State board. You are also responsible for your lodging in Seaside during pageant week. The Board will pay your fee, which includes food and lodging for Miss Oregon Pageant Camp. Camp is held in Seaside, Oregon in May and is mandatory for all Miss Oregon contestants.

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