John Oliver reaffirmed that the Miss America Organization (MAO) is the largest scholarship organization for women when he stated the number of scholarship dollars claimed “…is more than any other women-only scholarship we could find.”

We highlight the impressive, generous $45 million in scholarships made available in an effort to honor every one of our academic partners nationwide who make available cash and in-kind financial opportunities to the MAO and young women who participate in the program. Each year, more than 8,000 young women compete for scholarships through the volunteer, grassroots driven Miss America pageant system in more than 950 local, state, and national competitions. These scholarships are awarded not just to winners of each pageant but to runners-up and participants.

As with any scholarship, the full amount awarded may not always be used as recipients’ plans change or evolve. The Miss America Organization works every day to administer these scholarships to young women across the country and encourages our participants to utilize these scholarships provided by colleges and universities nationally who partner to fund education.

The Miss America Organization is dedicated to improving the opportunities available to our program participants and remaining at the forefront of providing opportunities to women.

Today, this year’s Miss America #STEM scholarship winners participated in a #WeTheGeeks Google Hangout with The White House. Participants included Miss Georgia 2014 Maggie Bridges, Miss Massachusetts 2014 Lauren Kuhn, Miss New Mexico 2014 Jessica Burson, Miss Ohio 2014 Mackenzie Bart, and Miss Vermont 2014 Lucy Edwards. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri also made a special appearance and announced she’ll be underwriting a STEM scholarship for the 2016 Miss America Competition!

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“We the Geeks” is a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the United States. Tune in tomorrow at 3 pm ET as this year’s Miss America #STEM scholarship winners participate in a #WeTheGeeks Google Hangout with The White House! Joining the chat will be Miss Georgia 2014 Maggie Bridges, Miss Massachusetts 2014 Lauren Kuhn, Miss New Mexico 2014 Jessica Burson, Miss Ohio 2014 Mackenzie Bart, and Miss Vermont 2014 Lucy Edwards.