The Miss Wayne County Scholarship Program is proud to be a local affiliate of the Miss Michigan and Miss America Organizations. 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.
About Miss Wayne County
The Miss Wayne County Scholarship Program was founded in 1991 by Sheila Sigro. Sheila competed in the Miss America Organization on the local level just out of high school. Although she never placed nor won, she found competing to be a very good learning experience. Returning to pageant competition after she married, Sheila won the Mrs. Michigan America title in 1990 and the Mrs. Michigan International title in 1993, ultimately placing fourth runner-up at the Mrs. International Pageant that year.
Noticing that there was no MAO affiliated local in her area, Sheila applied to the Miss Michigan Pageant Board of Directors and was granted the franchise for Wayne County. Since she resided in Redford Township at the time, Sheila called the titleholder Miss Redford Township in honor of the host city. Several years later, the competition name was changed to Miss Redford Township/Wayne County to reflect the host city and entire franchised area. After moving to another city in the county, the name changed to simply Miss Wayne County to recognize the new sponsors and new location.
The Miss Wayne County Scholarship Program has been represented by 28 accomplished young women.
The pageant's legacy includes the following:
About Miss America
In the summer of 1921, on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, an American icon was born.
For the past 98 years, Miss America has been one of the country’s most recognizable household names and has been at the center of everything from national trends to social movements to the birth of television. The young women involved have made a significant difference in people’s lives through their charitable and community service endeavors, using the national platform to educate millions of Americans on issues facing the nation.
Miss America is more than a title, it’s a movement of empowering young women everywhere to dream big, to insist that their voices be heard and to inspire change in the world around them.
Of course, Miss America wears a crown—she rules.
For more Miss America history, click here.