Open Registration

July 1, 2024 - October 31, 2024

for the

2025 Miss Juneteenth America Scholarship Pageantry Program™

“More Than A Pageant”

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! For your application to be processed, a $50 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of registration, which will be applied towards the registration fee. There are no exceptions!

The registration deadline is October 31, 2024, in which the full payment of remaining balance in the amount of $400.00 (new participants) or $300.00 (repeat participants) must be paid by November 1, 2024.

Partial scholarships may be available. Please contact us at info@missjuneteenth.org to request more information.

Participant Eligibility:

Young ladies ages 13-15 are eligible to compete in the Junior Miss Juneteenth America® pageant component of the program, whereas young ladies ages 16-18 are eligible to compete in the Teen Miss Juneteenth America® pageant component. No pageant experience necessary.

Participants must:

  • Have a 2.5 Minimum GPA
  • Be Single
  • Have no Dependents
  • Not have a Criminal Record
  • Have the Desire to Represent The Maynard 4 Foundation in a Positive Manner
  • Have the Ability to Volunteer on behalf of The Maynard 4 Foundation (virtual options available)
  • Have Parental Consent to Participate (applicable to Participants under the age of 18)
  • Have Availability to Attend Pageantry Meetings (virtual options available)

Competition Information

Both age groups will compete in the following four on-stage categories:

  1. BeYoutiful: Must wear attire that allows your “Light to Shine” that reflects courage, strength, and dignity.
  2. Talent: Must demonstrate a talent that respectfully pays tribute to the African or Black/African American culture.
  3. Career Aspirations: Must wear attire that represents your future self and career aspiration.
  4. Formal Wear: Must wear traditional African formal clothing or formal wear reflecting Juneteenth colors (red, yellow, green, or black).

Participants must also be prepared to answer questions with clarity, eloquence, and focus during the on-stage components as outlined above. These questions and time limits will be discussed during orientation and will be outlined in the Orientation Guide to allow for ample time to prepare.

Participants will also engage in business marketing, where they engage in the sale of ads to fundraise for scholarships and charities of their choice that aligns with the mission of The Maynard 4 Foundation. Participants will be allowed to sell ads from November 1, 2024 – April 1, 2025. However, they are encouraged to develop their marketing plan beforehand.

Finally, participants must compose an essay highlighting a black female historical figure and highlight personal accomplishments that are not often discussed in the mainstream.

Each Participant will be granted a scholarship based on her individual sale of ads under the Business Marketing component as specified above. Specifically, each participant will be awarded 60% of her individual sale proceeds to cover expenses for educational and/or cultural enrichment to include, but not limited to, the following: school supplies (i.e., books, laptop, and any other needs as indicated by the educational institution), school uniforms, etiquette classes, financial literacy workshops/seminars, foreign language programs, summer or enrichment camps (overnight included), SAT/ACT prep courses, etc. Participants are required to provide documentation for the award.

Additionally, each Participant shall select a charity of her choice that aligns with one of the four areas of focus established by The Maynard 4 Foundation to receive 19% of the proceeds individually raised from the sale of ads as discussed above.

The scholarship and grants are based on the amount generated from the sale of ads – not general contributions. However, contributions are welcome to support the programming for The Maynard 4 Foundation, which is a non-profit.

Participant Testimonials

From our 2024 Junior Miss Juneteenth America® Queen, Teen Miss Juneteenth America® Queen, First Runner-ups, and Participants!

Additional Testimonials

“At first glance, I was very excited, but nervous about meeting so many new girls; although, once I met them I felt like I had known them forever. We were pumped up all weekend long with various activities and good food. I am so blessed to have a newfound sisterhood in my life."

Mariah Smith, 2023 Crowned Junior Miss Juneteenth America

"I loved that the pageant focused on black history and women's empowerment. The Maynard 4 Foundation provided an excellent environment for learning and being involved in the community."

Karrington Bourgeois-Wilkins, 2023 Crowned Teen Miss Juneteenth America

“During this journey of the Juneteenth Pageant I have experienced love, teamwork, compassion, boldness, and strength. Each girl had every single one of these characteristic traits and it helped me out during the pageant. Each adult that was present played their role with so much wisdom and wanting to help us girls feel and know that we can strive if we put our mind to it. I feel like even though I did not win I know that the queens that did win deserved it because they did amazing, and again we all did. It was a wonderful experience and I want to just thank Mrs. Suntrease and the Maynard 4 foundation for having me and showing me new things."

Elizabeth Gates, 2023 Teen Miss Juneteenth America Participant

"I am so grateful for having been in the Juneteenth Pageant because of the sisterhood. I really loved being able to finally meet Ms. Suntrease and all the other girls in person. Yet, I also really enjoyed being able to learn more about my culture. All in all, I really had fun and was so grateful for everything I learned. Ms. Cassaundra Burks left a distinctive impression in my heart; I LOVED her energy, as well as her honesty! It was very fun being in second line, too, my first experience. Being able to learn more about Africatown was also truly cool, especially since I have been volunteering hours with the not-for-profit, LOTO ('Lead One, Teach One' of UTOPIAN LEGACY), and Chief Jason Lewis to clean up and assist in the refurbishing of a couple properties around the Heritage House and near the Community Center."

Yasmin Hutchinson, 2023 Junior Miss Juneteenth America Participant

“I am proud to say my experience working with Mrs. Suntrease Maynard and her foundation in the Juneteenth pageant was so welcoming to young black girls and I’ve gained 12 new sisters!”

Trinity Lofton, 2023 Teen Miss Juneteenth America Participant

Registration Application & Fee

For your application to be processed, a $50 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of registration, which will be applied towards the registration fee. There are no exceptions! The remaining registration fee is $400 for new participants and $300 for repeat participants, which is non-refundable, can be paid in advance or payable over four-month installments in the amount of $100.00/month for new participants and  $75.00/month for repeat participants starting on August 1, 2024, with the last payment to be made on November 1, 2024.

The registration fee covers the cost of participation for the participant, including workshops/activities, the welcome reception, scholarship brunch, t-shirt, and one souvenir program booklet. This does not cover any lodging fees, which is the responsibility of the parent and/or guardian. The registration fee is non-refundable. Should a Participant becomes disqualified for reasons outlined in the Rules and Regulations, no refunds are permitted.  The registration deadline is October 31, 2024, in which the full registration fee must be paid by November 1, 2024.

Partial scholarships may be available. Please contact us at info@missjuneteenth.org to request more information.

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2025 Miss Juneteenth America Scholarship Pageantry Program - Registration Application QR Code

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