Miss San Fernando Valley, Miss Tarzana, and Miss Woodland Hills are official preliminaries to the Miss California and Miss America Pageant. Any young woman between the age of 17-24 who lives, works, or attends school in the San Fernando Valley and Woodland Hills area can compete for the chance to represent her community at Miss California. In addition to preparing for the Miss California competition, the title holder leads her community through volunteering in various events and advocating for her platform.
The Miss San Fernando Valley Scholarship Association was founded in 2008 to provide young women in the San Fernando Valley a local opportunity to compete for scholarship awards. Our annual titleholders proceed to the state competitions each summer to compete for the titles of Miss California and Miss California's Outstanding Teen. The winners at the state competitions then compete at the national level to become Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
The Miss San Fernando Valley Scholarship Association is a franchise of the Miss California Organization, and is subject to, and abides by all rules and policies of the Miss California Organization and the Miss America Organization.
We are an all volunteer group, and monies raised and/or contributed to the Miss San Fernando Valley Scholarship Association are used only for pagent production expenses, and funding our scholarships.
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. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to the over 12,000 young women who compete in the state and local competitions as well.
Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. Scholarships have been the cornerstone of the Miss America program since 1945 when Bess Myerson was the first Miss America to receive a scholarship from the Organization.
Participating in the Miss America system not only helps you pay for college and prepare for a career, it also provides an opportunity to gain additional life experience, working on issues of importance to society, enhancing your personal and professional skills and developing your performance-related and other talents.