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Competing Together: Sincerity and Sisterhood Scholarship

“The moment I won Miss Washington’s Teen, I felt the joy and happiness of my sister contestants who gave me support and friendship throughout my journey.  Although they each had their own hearts wishing for the crown, they still celebrated and were sincerely happy for me.  I hope I made them all proud when I did the same at Miss America’s Teen.  It is that spirit of sisterhood that should always be at the heart and culture of pageantry.” 


Emily Hamilton Miss Washington’s Teen 2023.

The Hamilton Family is pleased to offer $500 in scholarship opportunities for contestants in the Miss Seattle and Miss Seattle’s Teen pageant. The scholarships are focused on competing together: sincerity and sisterhood. Competition is often seen as a zero-sum game, where one person's gain is another person's loss.  However, this mindset can lead to envy, resentment, and isolation among women who are striving for success.  Instead of competing against each other, women can benefit from competing together, by fostering a culture of support, sisterhood, and kindness.

By supporting each other, women can create a positive and productive environment where everyone can thrive.  Through support, a sisterhood is developed forming meaningful and lasting relationships with other women.  By building sisterhood, women can create a strong and loyal network of allies and friends.  And, by spreading kindness, women can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere where everyone can feel valued and respected.


Competition can be a healthy and motivating force if it is done in a cooperative and constructive way.  By competing together and not against each other, women can foster a culture of support, sisterhood, and kindness, that can benefit themselves and others.  This approach to pageantry builds a culture of friendship and aligns with the values of the Miss America Opportunity.


To enter the competition, each Miss Seattle and Miss Seattle's Teen contestant should write a 250-word essay about what “Competing Together: Sincerity and Sisterhood” means to her.  She may include past examples of both positive and negative experiences and what she learned from them.  She should also include 3 to 5 actions she will take to help cultivate that experience with her fellow contestants.


Essays will be judged, and the winners will be selected by the Miss Seattle Board of Directors. Two scholarships in the amount of $250 each will be awarded. One winner will be selected from all Miss Seattle's Teen contestants and one winner will be selected from all Miss Seattle contestants.

General Requirements

  • The applicant must be a Teen or Miss contestant in the Miss Seattle Scholarship Competition.

  • The applicant must complete the application, including a 250-word essay.



  • Completed application form must be received no later than one week, 5 business days, before the start of the competition.

Note: This award is selected by the Seattle Scholarship Organization Board of Directors. The competition judges will not see the applications and do not select the recipient.

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