Frequently Asked Questions


Who can compete for Miss Heart of the Midwest?

  • You must be a citizen of the United States

  • You must live, work, or attend school in the state of Indiana

  • You must be a young women between the ages of 17 and 25

  • You must meet the character criteria and all other eligibility requirements as set forth by the Miss America Organization

  • You must be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements

  • You must be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities

  • Specific to Miss Heart of the Midwest - A potential contestant is only eligible for if she has never competed at the state level in the Miss America Organization. This includes the Indiana competition AND any other state competition. A previous teen contestant who has competed at Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen (and any other state's teen program) IS eligible to compete as long as she meets all other requirements

Where is the pageant?

Footlite Musicals

1847 N Alabama St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

When is the pageant and how long do I have to be there?

Our pageant will be Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Competing is an all day commitment as we have an orientation in the morning to answer questions, talent and opening number rehearsals, private interviews with the judges, and then the show in the evening.

Can my friends and family come to the pageant?

YES! We highly encourage you to invite your friends and family to come and support you. Ticket and show information can be found on our website and on our Facebook page.

How do I apply to compete in the pageant?

When our paperwork becomes available we provide you with the instructions to complete the following:

  • Local resume

  • Local platform statement

  • Local contract

  • $100 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network

How can I raise $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network?

You can share your fundraising page with family and friends on social media, which is one of the best ways to raise your $100 donation. You can also ask local businesses or others to sponsor you. Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Do I have to buy a whole new wardrobe?

NO! In fact, we discourage it. Wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable and confident. Past contestants have borrowed talent costumes, interview dresses, and even prom gowns from friends. If you have a specific wardrobe question, please ask and we’ll be happy to help.

I don’t have a talent, but I want to compete. What should I do?

Everyone has some kind of talent! In the past we have had dancers, singers, instrumentalists, gymnasts, speed hair stylists, monologues, and more. This is your chance to showcase your unique talent. Remember, talent presentations are only 90 seconds! If you have a specific talent question, please ask and we’ll be happy to help.

What scholarships and prizes are awarded?

We depend exclusively on private donations to fund our program, prepare our titleholder for the Miss Indiana competition, and provide scholarships for young women. All scholarships and prizes are subject to change based on competition year. Note that we do not break ties when it comes to preliminary awards; therefore if two women have tied, we will award the scholarship and certificate to each woman in full.

What kind of time commitment goes into being Miss Heart of the Midwest?

We tell every woman who wins our program that they will get out what they put in.

Our directors and board will go above and beyond to prepare you to be your best self during your year of service and for the Miss Indiana competition.

We want our titleholders to succeed in all that they do; therefore, we set the expectation of a flexible, yet reasonable, time commitment. For example, most of our winners have had at least one to two appearances per month after they are crowned.

We expect our winners to make their year of service and preparations for the Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant a priority along with school, work, and other activities.