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Miss Roanoke Valley

Miss Roanoke Valley is the longest-running local title in the state of Virginia. To be crowned Miss Roanoke Valley is to join a 65-year legacy of accomplished women who dedicated love, grace, and joy to their community.


The Miss America Organization encourages young women to be role models. Miss America titleholders are speakers, leaders, volunteers, and scholars. Serving with the Miss America program empowers women and girls to pursue their goals and create an impact beyond themselves. We provide a forum for young women to use their talents and skills to make a difference in world around them.

Through the power of the crown, Miss Roanoke Valley gains a network of support and resources to promote her personal community service platform during her year of service. Miss Roanoke Valley competes in the Miss Virginia competition in June. 

Candidate Requirements
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 25.

  • Be a United States citizen.

  • Never married.

  • Meet residency requirements; Live, work, or attend school in the state of Virginia for at least 3 months prior to the local competition. You do not need to be from Roanoke to apply.

  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization.

  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state and national competition(s) in which you compete.

Competition Categories
  • Personal Interview with Judges (25%) - The private interview is 10 minutes long, 9 minutes and 30 seconds of open questions, followed by 30 seconds at the end for the candidate to deliver a closing statement. Each candidate will submit a resume and an essay about their community service initiative, as a foundation for the interview questions. Interview topics may include current events, local issues, community service platforms, and personal interests. The personal interview allows judges to ask each candidate why she is right for the job as Miss Roanoke Valley.

  • Talent (40%) - Candidates will have 90-seconds to showcase their unique talents on the stage. Candidates are judged on entertainment value as well as technical skill. The talent competition allows judges to evaluate a potential titleholder's creativity, confidence, dedication, and spark. 

  • On-Stage Interview (15%) - Candidates will answer a question from the judges in front of the audience. The question may be a follow-up from the candidate's interview or a question on a new topic relevant to the candidate's interests. This category tests one's ability to think on their feet and speak in front of a crowd.

  • Evening Wear and Social Impact Statement (20%) - Candidates have a red-carpet moment in their evening wear of choice, which may include gowns, cocktail dresses, pantsuits, or tuxedos. While in her evening wear, the candidate will deliver a short statement about her Social Impact Initiative to the judges and audience; similar to a Tweet or a red carpet celebrity interview. This category is an opportunity for candidates to showcase their style and say what's on their minds.

Opportunities and Prizes
  • 1st Place Scholarship to school of choice

  • Renewable Scholarship to Hollins University

  • Official Miss America Crown and Sash

  • Participation in the Miss Virginia state competition

  • Gifts and Services from our Sponsors

  • Generous Wardrobe Allowance

  • Photo-shoot with the Miss Roanoke Valley titleholders

  • VIP invitations to local events and media appearances

Ready to Apply?
Miss Roanoke Valley Organization

A local preliminary to Miss Virginia and Miss America.

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Miss Roanoke Valley Organization

(Roanoke Scholarship Pageants)

PO Box 4496

Roanoke, VA 24015

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