Our Mission


A Passion for Leaders

The Miss Tampa Scholarship Foundation is an official local franchise of the Miss America Organization. 

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Each year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations make available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.

Participating in the Miss America system helps young women pay for college and prepare for a career through hands-on leadership; all while gaining life experience, working on issues of importance to society, enhancing personal and professional skills and developing artistic expression. 

The Arts

We're proud to uphold the unique tradition of the Miss America Organization talent competition, celebrating women in the arts with academic and professional training scholarships. 


A network of female leaders supporting one another across generations. From Patty Tallant, our very first Miss Tampa in 1946, to the young titleholders of today, we connect hundreds of women in a sisterhood of Tampa's brightest, all of whom are helping lead one another to achieve their best. 


Making a difference through personal platforms is at our core. From lobbying on Senate floors to developing workshops in classrooms, we seek to enable women to expand their civic impact and reach.

Our Organization

The Miss Tampa Pageant, is a (501(c)(3) organization, and is associated with "The Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant" & "The Miss America Scholarship Pageant" which are among the largest scholarship providers for women in America.  

Our Pageant is the oldest preliminary competition still existing in the state of Florida, having crowned our first winner in 1946.  Since then we have been represented by a host of talented, intelligent, articulate young women who have represented our city with distinction.  Additionally, we have been supported by outstanding civic-minded businessmen and women who realize the contributions this organization makes and the relevance it possesses today.  We are proud of our rich history and we thank you for visiting our website and supporting the Miss Tampa Scholarship.