Becoming a Teen Contestant

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

The Miss Southwest Michigan Teen 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 Teen, it requires personal commitment and ambition.

(Applications are at the bottom of this page.) 

When & Where:

The 2020 Miss Southwest Michigan Teen Scholarship Program is scheduled for April 25, 2020 at 6pm at the Bridgman High School Preforming Arts Center.

Mandatory Orientation:

  • Mandatory Orientation for Teen Program: Saturday, February 1, 2020 8am - Noon.
  • Held at the Blue Roof Church, 3084 Niles Road in St. Joseph, MI exit 27 off I-94.

Mandatory Leadership Workshop:

  • Mandatory Leadership Workshop for Teen Program: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8:00am - 4:00pm with a complimentary lunch.
  • Held at the Blue Roof Church, 3084 Niles Road in St. Joseph, MI exit 27 off I-94.

Production Rehearsals:

  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:00am - 4:00pm with a complimentary lunch.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:00am - 4:00pm with a complimentary lunch.
  • Held at the Blue Roof Church, 3084 Niles Road in St. Joseph, MI exit 27 off I-94.

Dress Rehearsal:

  • Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:00am - 5:00pm with a complimentary lunch.
  • Held at the Bridgman High School Preforming Arts Center.

Community Service Project:

Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm Community Service Project at Local Assisted Living Facility.

 

To be a contestant, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 13 and 17 by pageant date.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Live in the Greater Southwest Michigan Area.
  • Have never been convicted of a felony crime.

Areas of Competition:

There are five areas of competition for the Teen 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. Introduction Speech 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 Closet has many items to choose from for wardrobe rental.

Job Description:

If chosen Miss Southwest Michigan Teen, you will receive a $1,000.00 Scholarship and will be 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 October 1st – December 31st 2019. Teen $25 Entry Fee & Copy of Birth Certificate mailed and received on or before 12/31/19 in Program Office.
  • January 1st – February 2nd 2020. Teen $50 Entry Fee & Copy of Birth Certificate mailed and received on or before 2/1/20 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..