The Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition officially opened its at-large contestant application this week. Eligible individuals who reside in a Mississippi community without an established local program are encouraged to apply for a spot in the July 2022 competition.
Now in its 73rd year, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality program brings together the state’s best and brightest young women for a week of leadership development as they ultimately compete for the state title and more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. The winner of Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality Competition will serve as Mississippi’s goodwill ambassador for economic development and tourism, traveling to promote the state through ribbon cuttings, special tourism events, organized appearances, and speaking engagements.
“The Mississippi Miss Hospitality advisory board added the at-large program component a few years ago, and it has since been an excellent opportunity for women who were not qualified to participate in the past,” said Kristen Brock, Mississippi Miss Hospitality program director. “This program allows more women to not only compete for scholarships to further their education but to also champion their hometowns for a full year, gaining invaluable experience and relationships.”
Eligible Mississippi Miss Hospitality applicants are women between the ages of 18 and 24, residents of Mississippi, high school graduates, and have a 2.5 or higher scholastic average. Additionally, contestants must represent their hometowns, not the community where they attend college.
Women interested in competing as an at-large participant must apply to the State Office no later than Friday, March 4. The 2022 competition guide, contestant requirements, and application can be found at www.MissHospitality.com. A panel will select contestants from the at-large candidate pool based upon the established scoring criterion.
This year’s Mississippi Miss Hospitality competition will be held at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg on July 15 and 16, 2022. Ticket sales will be announced on the program’s social media pages and website in late spring.