Midwest Regional Pageant

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan & Ohio

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2023 Trunk Show
Special Guests

January 6 - 7, 2023
 Bendix Theatre
South Bend, Indiana


Bendix Arena
120 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd
South Bend, IN 46601

Required Competitions:
  •  Panel Interview - 35%

Delegates will have a 5 minute personal interview with a panel of judges.  This is your opportunity to allow the judges to get to know you and convince them that you are the best candidate for the job.  Questions will be formulated from the delegate's Judges' Interview Form, current events, community service, educational goals, and career ambition.  A nice dress or pantsuit appropriate for a TV host interview is recommended.

  • Swimwear - 25%

This competition is designed to determine how well the participant maintains a figure that reflects good physical fitness and health. Delegates may choose to wear a one-piece or 2-pc. swimsuit.  No string or thong bikinis allowed as well as inappropriate swimsuits.

  •  Academic & Professional Accomplishments  - 15%

Delegates submit a resume with their academic and career achievements.  This will be an opportunity for the judges to evaluate the delegate's achievements and career goals.  The resume may also be shared with scholarship donors to determine recipients of special college awards.  Note.  On-time submission of the Judges Interview Form and Career Resume are equally important, as well as neatness and completion of the forms as indicated.

  • Evening Gown - 25%

This competition is designed for the delegate to make an on-stage statement of her personality. Select a prom or formal dress that is appropriate for your age and personality.  The color and style are your choice. The gown must be floor-length. You will be judged on confidence, elegance and stage presence, not on the specific price of the gown.

Sample wardrobe may be found here.

Age Divisions

High School USA:  Incoming or current High School Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior or Senior. (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades*)


To compete for the title of Miss High School USA, you must also:

  • be single, never married, never given birth or be a parent;

  • be born and am now still a natural female and a United States citizen or permanent resident;

  • embody strong morals;

  • live, work, attend school or own property within the state or region in which you are representing.

Collegiate USA:  Undergraduate college Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior or Senior; Graduate student (Masters, Ed, Ph.D); or

                     College graduate with a  2-year degree;  OR  Have attended some college, up to age 29 years.

To compete for the title of Miss Collegiate USA, you must also:

  • be no older than 29*, single, and embody strong morals;

  • be born and am now still a natural female, and a United States citizen or permanent resident;

  • live, work, attend school or own property within the state or region in which you are representing.  

*Status as of July 1, 2023, If an incoming Freshman for the upcoming academic year, you are eligible to compete either for the high school or collegiate title.

State Pageant Entry Fees

State Entry Fee 

You will need to submit the Application Form and the $495 membership fee* to secure your ENTRY into the state/regional pageant.  You must meet one of the Age Division eligibility criteria above to compete.  You must also compete in your state pageant (if held) before you can apply as an At-large (appointed titleholder). The winners of this regional pageant will receive their membership/entry fee ($1,100 value) paid to compete at the National Pageant in July, 2023.


If selected to become an official State Contestant, you will receive a WELCOME email informing you that you have been accepted into the state pageant, and the official State Contestant Newsletter to help you in preparing for the Pageant. 

Please note. All pageant fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions!     

Membership Fee  INCLUDES:

  • Opportunity to compete for the State Pageant title to advance to

the National Pageant, where you will compete for a 40,000 college

scholarship, spectacular prize package, a cash scholarship,

Special Queen's Weekend and much more

  • Official Miss Collegiate USA T-shirt (to wear for opening number)

  • Official MCU State ​Contestant Newsletter


*Membership fee $595 after Dec. 1


Pageant Schedule


Friday -      Hotel Check-in (Afternoon)

  Pageant Orientation/Kick-Off (Evening)

Saturday - Interviews (Morning)

  Rehearsals (Afternoon)

  Final Regional Pageant (Evening)

Winners receive:

  • Miss Collegiate USA/Miss High School USA State title

  • Membership fee ($1,100 value) paid to compete at the 2023 National Pageant

  • MCU Official Round Rhinestone State Crown

  • MCU Official Rhinestone Embroidered State (or Regional) Sash

  • Flower bouquet


What are you looking for in a titleholder?

Miss Collegiate USA Organization's titleholders should embody the essence of our mission by being a positive role model for college-bound and college students obtaining their higher education degree(s); support our organization's charity to reduce the nation's student loan debt epidemic and represent young women on financial literacy, academia, and positive leadership. The internal beauty of a queen supersedes external beauty.

Entry Fee DOES NOT include:

  • Travel expenses to/from state pageant

  • Meals

  • Hotel accommodations (optional)

  • Competition wardrobe

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Overnight Hotel Accommodations Available: 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Bend

123 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd

South Bend, IN 46601


Apply Now

Submit the Regional Pageant Application to compete for your state title!

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