Become a MISS IDAHO Candidate

The Miss America Program and its 1,500 local and state competitions comprise the largest single source of scholarship funds available to young women in the world. Annually, an estimated 40 million dollars is offered to more than 30,000 young women who participate in the Miss America programs.

To compete in the Miss Idaho Program, a candidate must first win a local competition. The Events Calendar contains a list of upcoming events. Use it to find the local competition nearest you. In order to compete in a Miss Idaho local competition, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen

  • Be at least 18 years of age by July 31st in the calendar year of the state competition

  • Be no older than 25 years old on December 31, 2020.

  • Be a high school graduate or will become a high school graduate or complete the GED testing program prior to July 30, 2020 (for the 2020 Competition Year)

  • Be female, never married and never have had children

  • Be a legal resident of Idaho at least 6 (six) months prior to local competition

  • Geographic eligibility for local competitions - only one of these is required for eligibility:

    • Residency: Resided in the local competition area for a minimum of six (6) months prior to entering a local preliminary competition. Proof will be an Idaho driver's license, auto registration, current lease, student ID card, or any other official document establishing residency.

    • School: Completed at least one full semester at a high school, community college, or a four year college/university within the State of Idaho and must be currently enrolled as a full-time student (12 units) located within the franchise area of in accordance with the Miss Idaho nearest four year college rule. Proof will be evidence of registration, transcripts or other official documentation from the appropriate educational institution. 

    • Work: Have been a full-time employee of a firm located within local pageant franchise area for a minimum of six (6) months prior to entering the local competition. Must also be currently employed by a firm in the franchise area. Proof will be a letter from the candidate's employer.


  • Must maintain the basis for eligibility throughout the local and state competition

  • A candidate may enter only two structured locals within a single competition year, but may enter an unlimited number of open competitions.

  • There is no limit on the number of open local titles an entrant may hold during her entire competition eligibility period (ages 17 – 25)

  • An entrant may hold only two structured local titles during her entire competition eligibility period (ages 17 – 25)

  • An entrant may not succeed herself, or win the same structured or open title more than once

Types of Pageants

CLOSED competitions have specific geographic eligibility requirements, based on where you live, attend school or work. Any young woman may compete in an OPEN program regardless of where she lives within the state of Idaho, so long as all other eligibility requirements are met.


A candidate who holds a college, fair, festival, or judged event title may apply to compete at the Miss Idaho Competition. There are specific guidelines and the State Board will make the final determination. For more information click here. Want to see if you are eligible? The Miss Idaho and Miss Idaho's Outstanding Teen Pageant accepts contestants who have won a judged event, University, Fair or Festival competition. Click here to register or find out if you qualify.