Miss Atlantic Coast Pageants

An Official Miss America Preliminary Pageant

A Message From the Director...


I am Dr. Fran Edwards, and am proud to serve as the Director of the  Atlantic Coast Scholarship Organization.

The Miss Atlantic Coast Scholarship Organization (Miss Atlantic Coast and Miss Middletown Titles) is an official local  preliminary pageant to the Miss Delaware Pageant, which in turn leads to Miss America!  Participating in the Miss America system not only helps young women pay for college and prepare for a career, it also provides an opportunity for contestants to gain additional life experience, working on issues of importance to society. 


Pageant participation also enhances the personal and professional skills that women can take with them as they pursue their career goals and dreams.  Our goal at the Atlantic Coast Scholarship Organization is to showcase the most beautiful, talented, and intelligent young women from this great First State and to encourage them to engage the community by promoting their platforms, making public appearances and focusing on scholarship. 


Each year, we are fortunate to work with some of the state’s best and brightest.  A big thank you to the parents and sponsors for your unwavering support.





Executive Director

Miss Atlantic Coast Scholarship Pageants

The Miss America Organization

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. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to the over 12,000 young women who compete in the state and local competitions as well.

Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. Scholarships have been the cornerstone of the Miss America program since 1945 when Bess Myerson was the first Miss America to receive a scholarship from the Organization.


(Renee Bull - Miss Atlantic Coast 2013, Sammi Ponsell - Miss Atlantic Coast's Outstanding Teen 2013, Tanee DeCosta - Miss Middletown's Outstanding Teen 2013)

Please visit the Miss America website at http://www.missamerica.org/.


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The Atlantic Coast Pageant's Commitment to Literacy

The statistics surrounding illiteracy are astounding. 

  • 85% of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.

  • Literacy is learned. Illiteracy is passed along by parents who cannot read or write.

  • According to UNICEF, "Nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two thirds of them are women."

  • One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.

 * Source: http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html


That is why the Atlantic Coast Pageants Scholarship Organization has made a commitment to sharing the joy of reading with young people in the state of Delaware.  Literacy is the cornerstone of success and it is important that the community at large is actively involved in providing our youth with the tools necessary to flourish as residents of this state and beyond.   Our goal is to challenge parents and children to celebrate the value of learning by reading every day and focusing on academic preparedness.


If you are interested in having our Atlantic Coast reigning queens come to your school to read email us at atlanticcoastpageants@yahoo.com or call Fran Edwards at 202-427-6152 to schedule a school or site visit.