Miss Collegiate USA Organization
The Miss Collegiate USA Organization is a non-profit organization determined by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The annual event, its national pageant celebrates and rewards young women who are college-bound, current degree seekers with higher education exposure, or seeking help to pay student loan debt with career opportunities, cash and college scholarships.
Our pageant aspirations are to recognize and incentivize young women to receive scholarships for higher education, and become positive role models, all while building a strong sisterhood.
Miss Collegiate USA Scholarship Foundation
Miss Collegiate USA Organization's scholarship foundation provides scholarships for young women to afford the price of a college education or those seeking help to pay off existing college loan debt.
Keia A. Brown, Founder and National Director
Keia Brown is the founder & President of the Miss Collegiate USA Organization and the National Director of the Miss Collegiate USA Pageant. She is an advocate for reducing student loan debt and founder of "Financial Smarts for Students", a financial literacy program. Keia is a doctoral student at Frostburg State University with a focus on Higher Education Leadership and has an MFA in Fashion Merchandising from the Academy of Art University in California and an undergraduate degree from Marymount University in Virginia.
She is the Director of Financial Aid at her alma mater, Marymount University after serving seven years as Associate Director of Scholarships at UMBC and was the former Scholarships & Federal Work-Study Coordinator at Harford Community College. Keia was awarded the Enrollment Management Innovation Award (2019 & 2015) for her expertise and creativity-enhancing the Scholarship Unit and was named, UMBC’s Exempt Employee of the Quarter (October - December 2019). She served as a Senator on UMBC's Professional Staff Senate, Chair of Personnel Review Committee, Mentor of the First Generation Student Group and Lead of the AcademicWorks Implementation Workgroup.
She has been an Executive Board Member of the Delaware-District of Columbia-Maryland Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for 5 years and was elected as the 2020-2021 Association Chair. Keia also is a member, an Executive Board Member of the National Scholarship Providers' Association (NSPA) and is a Women's Minority Mentor and Conference Volunteer. Having competed in pageants since the age of 10, she has held many titles including Miss District of Columbia International 2015, Miss Maryland International 2006, Miss Northern Maryland (MAO), Miss Teen Maryland International, and more. A #MoneyMatters contributor for The DC Ladies, she is a past international spokesperson and contributor of SponsorChange, an organization that helps provides funds for those seeking help to obtain money for educational support.
Keia is no stranger to volunteerism. From the early age of 10, she was instilled with family values of helping out in soup kitchens and has been a volunteer for several organizations including The Go Red for Women Campaign-American Heart Association, The Maryland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (18 years), American Cancer Foundation, and was the founder of a local charity, Heaven Sent School Supply & Toy Drive raising over $6,000 in donations. In her spare time, she can be found holding workshops and speaking to students on scholarships and financial aid at places like The Boys & Girls Club, Girl Scouts, A Bigger Picture Inc., Girls Inc. of Dothan, Alabama and colleges and universities.
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