With the nation celebrating the 2014 Miss America Competition’s return to its iconic birthplace in Atlantic City, today’s announcement of the 2014 Quality of Life, STEM Scholarships, and fourpoints Scholarship Award winners provided one more reason to celebrate. The winner of the $6,000 Quality of Life Award was Miss Michigan, Haley Williams. The winners of the $5,000 S.T.E.M. Scholarships are Miss Mississippi, Chelsea Rick and Miss California, Crystal Lee. The winner of the fourpoints Scholarship is Miss Idaho Sarah Downs.
The Quality of Life Awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. The awards are available to each of the 53 contestants competing for the title of Miss America.
Miss Michigan HaleyWilliams has helped to improve the quality of life of children through her personal platform, Through a Child’s Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief. Miss Michigan has used her platform to be a champion for children faced with the loss of a family member and how to overcome the grief of their loss. Her passionate connection to her platform has enabled her to go above and beyond in her efforts to conquer childhood grief. The announcement was made at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall during Thursday’s Miss America press conference.
The first-runner up for the Quality of Life Award and winner of a $4,000 scholarship was Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller. Brooke’s personal platform is GO HIGHER! College Application Day, which sheds light on the difficulties of the college application process. Brooke has worked with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, collaborating to create and implement College Application Day in local high schools.
The second runner-up and winner of a $2,000 scholarship was Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo for her work with her platform B.F.F: Be Friends First- Promoting Health Relationship Education and Mentoring which promotes the importance of providing our youth with a strong health education system facilitated with mentors to teach future generations how to maintain healthy relationships.
In addition to the Quality of Life Awards, the fourpoints award reflects what the four points of the crown represent: Scholarship, Service, Success and Style. The winner of this $2,000 award was Miss Idaho Sarah Downs for her work with her personal platform entitled Promoting Nutrition: Taking Back Our Health. Through Sarah’s personal connection with her platform, she is an advocate and role model for living a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.
For the first time in the history, the Miss America Organization announced the STEM scholarships introduced by Miss America Foundation President of Development Tammy Haddad along with Miss America Organization Board Member Regina Hopper. These scholarships were introduced for contestants who study and want to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The winners of the $5,000 STEM Scholarship Awards are Miss California Crystal Lee and Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick.
Crystal Lee is a true advocate of the STEM philosophy. For 20 years, Crystal’s mother was the only female computer programmer in her department and saw first hand the male dominance in the technology field. Through her platform entitled Women in STEM, Crystal hopes to use her mother’s inspiration to promote STEM and break the barriers for women in STEM professions.
Chelsea Rick’s career ambition is to become a neurologist. She currently attends the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Through her education, Chelsea wants to work in the field of Kinesology.