Become the Next Miss DC and Win $10000 Scholarship

The Miss District of Columbia Scholarship Organization is hosting its final information session before the deadline for this year's competition. Judging is based on Interview (45%); Performing Arts Talent (30%); Modeling in Evening Wear (15%); and Physical Fitness (10%). There is no entry fee. The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship to help pay off student loans or for future education. $1,000 scholarships will also be given for academic achievement and community service.


Miss DC 2017 will represent DC at the 96th annual Miss America Pageant next September in Atlantic City, N.J. The finals will be televised live on ABC. She will also serve the DC community throughout the coming year, including frequent visits to Children's National Medical Center, the official charity of the Miss DC/Miss America Organizations.


The aforementioned information session will take place at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, 1620 L St., N.W., 7th floor, Washington, DC 20036 on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 P.M. Only those who RSVP to will be permitted access to the meeting. This meeting is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. Those who do not attend may still audition on January 29.


The deadline to apply for this year's auditions is Sunday, January 22, 2017. Prospective contestants should complete and submit the two-page preliminary fact sheet, found under "Paperwork," at


Those who apply by the deadline will be given an interview time and a talent audition time for Sunday afternoon, January 29. Those who score well enough in the auditions will be the finalists for the 64th annual Miss District of Columbia competition on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Howard Theatre.


Please share this information with any prospective contestants who are talented, intelligent and community-service minded women, ages 17-24, who live, work full-time, or attend university full-time in the District of Columbia. Contestants for our 2017 competition must have a date of birth AFTER December 31, 1992.

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Start a campaign on September 4th 2016 to raise $1,000 to pay your tuition on the PYT platform. The first contestant who reaches or exceeds the $1000 goal receives an additional $500!

Win up to $500 in matching funds

Expires on September 30th 2016

Terms and Conditions : No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. United States based colleges only. There is a 5% fee for processing funds.

Rules: Contestants must use the PYT Funds platform to raise $1,000 dollars from friends, family, and community members. The donations must be "new" funds and can not be a previously awarded scholarships or gifts. All donations must be made using your PYT Funds profile to be counted. Contestants needs a minimum of 8 different donors to reach your goal of $1,000 dollars.  The first contestant (1) who reaches their $1,000 goal wins an additional $500 in “matching” funds for a total of $1,500 dollars. Contestants  may exceed the $1,000 dollar goal. However no additional matching funds will awarded beyond the $500 grand prize. There will be five (5) other runner ups that will win $100 dollars in matching funds. Winner(s) will be chosen and notified by PYT Funds. Each profile/campaign must be active for a minimum of 10 days.  Funds will be distributed directly to the college or university on behalf of the student.

Eligibility Requirements: Contestants must be enrolled in accredited college or university for 2016-2017 academic school year. Student must be in general good academic standing with no recent disciplinary actions.  PYT Funds reserves the right to request additional information for extenuating circumstances related economic hardships that affected GPA.  Please note an economic hardship will not be the sole disqualifying factor. PYT reserves the right solely determine the winners of this contest.

We provide the platform to create and share your funding campaign with a “Kickstarter” or “GoFundMe” style profile. Students nationwide are reducing their student loans by using our community gifting platform to lower the amount financed.

4 Mistakes You Are Making With Financial Aid

1.         Not completing FAFSA by your college’s deadline

Most colleges have limited funds for financial aid so when you apply late, you run the risk of not getting first dibs on scholarships, FSEOG grants or work study. Find out your college’s deadline and make sure you’re applying by the due date. This year, you’re in luck - you can start applying for FAFSA starting in October 1st.  

2.         Taking only the minimum number of credits to be full time

Are you only taking 12 credits per semester? If you need 120 credits to graduate, you’re adding at least one extra year to your graduation date. So, you’re paying an extra year of tuition, taking one more year of loans and you’ll start earning money one year later! Add more credits per semester to graduate sooner. And, don’t forget to brush up on your study skills to manage the heavier course load.

3.         Not knowing your school’s satisfactory academic progress requirements

 To qualify for federal financial aid each year, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) eligibility requirements that include minimum GPA and pace benchmarks.  When you fail or withdraw from a class, it reduces your pace and it may not meet the minimum requirement. Check your school’s SAP policy online or in the financial aid office  to ensure that your GPA and pace meet the criteria each semester. 

4.         Not making friends with your financial aid counselor

Your financial aid office can be a great resource for scholarships that you may not know about, but qualify for. Ask about scholarships that fit your extracurricular or academic profile. Colleges also often have emergency scholarships for students to fill a small gap or to pay for books. You’ll never know if you don’t ask.


Margo Wright, CEO and Founder of Yenko Inc.

Margo is the founder of Yenko, a software company that sells software to help students avoid losing financial aid. Yenko’s personalized, early alert analytics identify and support students at risk. The company was born out of her frustration that over Forty-five percent (45%) of U.S. adults do not possess a post-secondary degree. She previously served as Senior Manager for College Readiness and College Success at the Harlem Children’s Zone and as Executive Director of Bodanna, a nonprofit social enterprise.

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