The Miss Thurston County Scholarship Program is an official preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America programs.
The MTCSP is a not for profit organization that was formed in 1975 by individuals who had the goal of helping local young women achieve success. The program has made an impact in many lives, fulfilling the dreams of many in our community for over 40 years. The program Board of Directors and volunteer efforts have resulted in over 260 participants benefiting in the form of personal, professional, and educational growth. The success has included the distribution of over $80,000 in scholarships, helping meet the financial struggles of educational expenses!
The MTCSP provides an opportunity for young women to fulfill their potential. The participants are some of the most promising women in our area. They are goal-oriented role models who are striving to take advantage of the resources to help achieve academic goals. The scholarship program is made up of dedicated community members who believe in the idea that talent, commitment, and hard work can help achieve personal success and better the community.
The MTCSP begins as a 2-month program for local Thurston County women between the ages of
17-25. As a contestant for MTC, the young women participate in many workshops such as resume building, interview preparation, fitness and nutrition, and budgeting. They are also required to participate in at least two community service events during this time.
Participants are also required to adopt a platform and to serve their community on behalf of these and other causes. With the help of program Board of Directors, volunteers and community supporters, doors are opened for lifelong opportunities.
• Miss Thurston County addresses community civic groups, partners, and other venues about issues concerning her platform.
• Miss Thurston County uses the "power of the crown" and the passion of participants to raise dollars and awareness for her platform and other charities.
• Miss Thurston County travels throughout the community, endorsing her platform. The MTCSP becomes a visible and influential voice, advancing the cause of charities looking for advocacy, support, and increased awareness.
The success of the MTCSP is due to the partnerships developed between the program and community supporters. Sponsors and local businesses contribute greatly to the scholarship funds and the awards provided to participants.
Our Miss Thurston County has the chance to shine even more beyond our program! It starts at the local level – MTCSP. The dream can then continue to state; Miss Washington, and then nationally at Miss America. All three levels are under one umbrella, the Miss America Organization. The potential of scholarships and opportunities grows by building confidence, cultivating skills, earning scholarships, showcasing strengths, and serving the community.
Four Points of the Crown
The Four Points to the Miss America crown represent more than what meets the eye.
They represent what the Miss America program is all about.
More than just how you look or what you wear,
Style represents your personal brand and your display of confidence and self-awareness.
A major part of the Miss Thurston County, Miss Washington and Miss America programs is service to your communities. Not only are you a role model, but service proves that the crown can make a difference!
The Miss America Foundation, together with
The Miss America Organization and its 52 state organizations, is the nation’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers.
Right: Miss Washington 1999, Tina Willis Scott
Photo by Miss Washington 2017, Nicole Renard
Success is defined by the individual. Whether it's winning the crown or simply overcoming your fears, the Miss Thurston County Scholarship Program offers opportunity for you to define success and achieve anything you reach for.