Become A Candidate

Did you know that the Miss West Georgia and Miss Carroll County Scholarship Competition are local preliminary competitions of the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition which further leads to the Miss America Organization? Yes it's true!!


Miss America is the largest provider of scholarships exclusively for women.  When you compete within the Miss America Organization umbrella, you not only have the opportunity to win scholarships to further for your education, we guarantee you will make lasting friendships and have memories that last a lifetime in this life-changing experience.




Candidates in the Miss West Georgia or Carroll County Scholarship Organizations, at the local level, gain experience through participation in interviews, talent performances, public speaking, promoting individual social impact initiatives and social/digital media interaction. Cash and in-kind educational scholarships are available to all young women who advance to the state competition.

To become a Miss West Georgia or Miss Carroll County  candidate, you must enter and win our local competition which advances your opportunity to compete for Miss Georgia.

Phases of Competition - Misses

  • Personal Interview with Judges

  • Onstage Interview

  • Talent Competition

  • Social Impact Pitch​

  • Evening Gown

Age and Residency Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years old and a high school senior and no older than 26 as of Dec. 31 of the year competing at the   national level. 

  • Must be a United States Citizen.

  • Must be a bona fide resident of Georgia or a full-time student physically attending an accredited college or university located within Georgia or is employed and working full-time.​


Additional Requirements

  • Participate in various fundraising activities.

  • Meet character criteria set forth by the Miss America Organization.

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local and state competitions in which you compete.

If you would like more information regarding competition for Miss West Georgia and/or Miss Carroll County local titles, please submit all questions to donnabarr@misswestga.com.

To become Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, a candidate must first compete to represent her local community and state, a

process requiring personal commitment, hard work and talent. To compete in the Miss West Georgia and Miss Carroll County Outstanding Teen program, you need commitment, perseverance, talent and ambition.

To compete you must:

• Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17 (see the local/state contestant contract for more details)

• Be a United States citizen.

• Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.

• Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.

• Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.

• Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.

• Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.

Phases of Competition - Teens

  • Personal In-person Interview with Judges

  • Lifestyle & Fitness

  • Red Carpet/On-stage question

  • Talent Competition

AGE/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Although additional eligibility rules exist with which candidates must comply, the rules below are designed to assist with determining the eligibility for a candidate to compete in a Miss America’s Outstanding Teen State or Local Competitions, based upon the Age/Education eligibility rules of the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organizations, the Miss West Georgia's Outstanding Teen Candidates:

• Must be at least thirteen (13) years of age on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes; and

• Must not be older than seventeen (17) years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes, unless she is 18 years old and has not graduated from high school as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.

For the avoidance of doubt, 13 to 17 years old high-school graduates, as well as 18 year old non-graduates as of July 31st, must compete at MAOTeen level. Please note, this change is effective for all contestants who will compete in 2023 State Competitions, which includes all Local Competitions that will send titleholders to MISS WEST GEORGIA OUTSTANDING TEEN compete in 2023 State Competitions.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Barr at donnabarr@misswestga.com

West Ga OT 1.PNG.png
Miss West Georgia Logo_edited_edited.png
Carroll County.PNG
Carroll County's OT (2).PNG