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Miss PHCC to award more than $20,000 in scholarships

The Miss PHCC Scholarship Pageant is becoming a bigger scholarship opportunity for young women than Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) officials initially believed possible.

 “No local pageant that I've been involved with has offered this much in scholarship money,” remarks pageant director, Jane Leizer, who has been organizing pageants for over two decades. “These scholarships can really make a difference in a young lady’s life.”   

 With contributions from colleges and individuals, the scholarship pool now exceeds $20,000. With such a large pool of scholarships, the winner of Miss PHCC, runners-up, and the winners of each of the five judging categories – private interview, talent, on stage question, evening gown, and swimsuit – all receive scholarships. Additionally, contestants who do not win in these categories may still have a chance to receive funding.

“We’ve been told by directors on the state level that giving away $20,000 at a local pageant, especially in its first year, is unheard of,” says Dr. Greg Hodges, PHCC Vice President of Intuitional Advancement, Effectiveness, and Campus Life. “Typically, pageants of our size give a total of around $500.”

Scholarships are provided by colleges and universities, local entities, and individual donors. Scholarship moneys are still being accepted and will continue to grow. 

The pageant is open to females currently enrolled or previously enrolled at PHCC. They must be 17 years old on the day of the PHCC event and can be no older than 24 years old as of December 31, 2017. Unlike a beauty pageant, a scholarship pageant is most heavily scored on individual interviews, talent, and an on-stage question.

The application for the pageant and additional information can be found at Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on January 20, 2017. The Miss PHCC pageant winner advances to participate in the Miss Virginia competition and possibly Miss America for more opportunities to win scholarship money.

To donate to the scholarship fund or to find out about advertising space in the program, contact Greg Hodges at ghodges