Pageant scholarships up to nearly $700,000|[06/30/08]
Published 12:00 am Monday, June 30, 2008
The Miss Mississippi Corporation offered $698,638 in scholarships and cash this year, up $32,538 from last year.
In-kind awards totalled $581,938, up from last year’s total of $539,092. A total of $116,700 was offered in cash scholarships.
All 45 contestants competing for the Miss Mississippi crown were awarded scholarship money.
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Miss Mississippi 2008 Christine Kozlowski will receive a $15,000 scholarship for winning the state title. She will also receive a $200 preliminary swimwear scholarship.
Among the other Top Five contestants:
Miss Mid South Ashley Buckman won $10,000 as first alternate;
Miss Meridian Danielle Smith won a $5,000 scholarship as second alternate;
Miss Deep South Erin Hawley won $3,500 as third alternate;
Miss Alcorn County Alison Parson won a $2,500 scholarship as fourth alternate.
The five other Top Ten contestants each received $2,000. They were:
Miss Houston/North Central Anna Tadlock;
Miss Jones County Kristen Benigno;
Miss Madison County Sarah Beth James, who also won a $500 Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency Scholarship;
Miss Mississippi State University Corie Stanford, who also won $300 as a preliminary talent winner; and
Miss University Mary Brandon Norman, who also won a $500 Helping Hand Pharmacy scholarship.
The $5,000 Cellular South “Viewer’s Choice” scholarship went to Miss Delta State University Lauren Vance. Viewers voted via Cellular South text messages. Vance also received a $500 Entergy Mississippi business scholarship
Seven non-finalists were awarded $700 non-finalist talent awards. The 2008 recipients were Miss Dixieland Danielle Barrier; Miss Itawamba Community College Kacy Coleman, who also won a $500 Betty Jean “Boop” Mims Memorial Scholarship; Miss Magnolia Brittainy Childers, who also won a $300 scholarship for her preliminary talent win Thursday; Miss Mississippi Coast Marie Wicks and Miss Tupelo Meredith Beeman, who each won $300 for their preliminary talent tie on Wednesday; Miss West Central Tiffany Boyte, who also won a $1,000 Rosemary Hayslett Local Pageant Directors Award; and Miss Hattiesburg Jessica Nicole Cofield.
Preliminary swimwear scholarships of $200 each were given to Miss Hinds County Diana Strickland, who also received a $1,000 Mississippi Chiropractic Association Posture Scholarship for the overall swimwear win, and Miss Rankin County Crystal Flores.
Other scholarships awarded were the $2,500 WLBT Broadcast Scholarship to Miss Southern Magnolia Joy Powell; the $1,500 Community Service Award to Miss Historic Crossroads Melissa King; the $1,500 Miss America Organization and Vicksburg Factory Outlets Academic Award to Miss Pine Belt Hilliary Walters, who also received a $500 Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency Scholarship; the $1,500 River Region Medical Center Auxiliary scholarship to Miss Hinds Community College De’Lisha Wiggins; the $1,000 Miss Mississippi Corporation Board of Trustees award to Miss Grenada County Amber Harrison; the $500 Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals Scholarship to Miss Flowood Katherine Barkett; the $500 Moss Construction Engineering Scholarship to Miss Leaf River Valley Amarette Aube’; a $2,500 Women-in-Medicine scholarship to Kimberley Perry; a Bill Hallberg Quality of Life Scholarship to Miss Clinton Karmen Todd; and a $500 Good Samaritan Physical Therapy Scholarship to Miss Heritage Kelly Langford.
Each of the 35 non-finalists was awarded a $1,200 scholarship.