What if I’ve never done a pageant before?
That is 100% okay! Usually, we have one or two “returners,” but most of our contestants each year are “newbies.” You have an equal chance of winning, and a great opportunity to grow and learn. We meet regularly so that you will feel confident and ready by the time pageant day rolls around.
Is it expensive?
We teach that your involvement in our program should NOT be expensive. We are about scholarships and service, not thousand-dollar evening gowns. With that said, it is up to each contestant to decide what she will spend on this experience. We even have an MRV Clothing Closet that you can borrow from in order to keep costs to a minimum! The following outline some costs you may incur:
*$50 application fee (covers the cost of paperwork/contestant manual and athletic top)
*Pageant Wardrobe: Production outfit (usually black cocktail dress), activewear (teens only), evening gown, interview attire, talent competition costume (all items available to borrow from MRV closet).
*Tickets to the pageant for family/friends.
*IF you are selected as one of our new Miss candidates/or Outstanding Teens, you are required to make travel arrangements to attend the Miss Oregon Pageant in Seaside, Oregon in June – this can be a significant expense – but almost all of our titleholders have been able to fundraise to cover these costs.
What if my talent is “non-traditional”?
Miss America (and Miss Rogue Valley) is famous for talents like singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments, BUT we have also had winners with talents like roller skating, baton twirling, acting, poetry, monologues, fashion design, and athletics. The important thing is that you are passionate and dedicated to putting on a high-caliber performance! Feel free to visit our Talent page for more information.
What is a Social Impact Initiative?
Great question! A social impact initiative is a community cause that you want to promote during your time as a contestant/titleholder. Some common examples include SMART reading, Oregon & Tissue Donation, The American Red Cross, Cancer Awareness, Mentoring Youth, Veteran’s Needs, Oregon Food Bank, Caring for the Elderly, Music Education, Sparrow Club, etc. It’s great if you are already involved with your SII, but it’s also okay if Miss Rogue Valley is what helps inspire you to get involved and you are just getting started. Developing and working with your SII is something we help you with!
What is the Time Commitment?
We understand that young women today are incredibly busy, and we try to be flexible when “life happens”, however participating in the Miss Rogue Valley Scholarship Program is a significant commitment. There is no hard and fast rule on how many meetings you must attend, however, if you miss more than a couple we may approach you about whether or not this program is a good fit for you this year. In addition to regular rehearsals and training sessions, you will be asked to participate in special events and community service projects.
What is the Deadline for Applications?
The application deadline for 2020 is yet to be determined.