COOS BAY -- Organizers of the Miss Coos County Scholarship Program will hold an informational social for interested parents and prospective contestants at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Coos Bay Fire Station, 450 Elrod Ave.
The program has two parts -- the Miss Coos County Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program, a scholarship opportunity for young women 13-17 years old and in 11th grade or lower, and the Miss Coos County Scholarship Program, a scholarship opportunity for young women ages 17-24.
At Sunday's event, prospective contestants and their parents and guardians can learn about the program. 'The whole premise of our program is to award scholarship money to qualified teens," said executive director Maureen Everetts.
From October to March, contestants can expect to attend a weekly three-hour rehearsal and spend half an hour a day working on their own -- practicing their talent, researching topics for speeches, and gathering information.
In return, the young women get a shot at several scholarships, including a full scholarship to Southwestern Oregon Community College, a $2,000 cash scholarship to the college of their choice, and a number of lesser awards for essays, community service, and other accomplishments.
Everetts said the program typically gets seven or eight Miss Coos County contestants and four or five Outstanding Teen contestants. Past contestants can participate again until they're 24.
'I have girls who have completely paid for college just by competing year after year," Everetts said.
Contestants get help from a board of mentors who teach them to present their talent, write a resume, stand out in an interview and dress for success.
The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, and the pageant is March 3.
For more information find the group on Facebook or call Maureen Everetts, local executive director, at 541-290-3466.