The Miss Apopka organization dates back to the year 1977 when were known as Miss Apopka Foliage. A lot has changed since we awarded our first title though our dedication to the empowerment of young women has remained steadfast. We strive to provide a program that celebrates the unique qualities and personal successes of each of our candidates. This is your moment.  This is your voice.


GENERAL INFORMATION: The Miss Apopka Scholarship Competition requires a one-day commitment from each candidate. The day will begin with your personal interview with the judges. This phase of competition will take place in the Council Chambers of Apopka City Hall. Candidates will be notified of their morning interview time prior to the day of competition. Closed rehearsals and the competition itself will take place in the Apopka High School Auditorium. Once candidates arrive at the auditorium, they will not be permitted to leave the premises. Food and beverages will be provided so please advise us if you have any dietary restrictions. Hostesses will be available backstage to assist you throughout the competition.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible to compete, Candidates must be at least nineteen (19) years of age as of December 31, 2023, and may not be older than twenty-six (26) years of age as of December 31, 2023. To further clarify, candidates cannot turn twenty-seven (27) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she would compete at the state competition. Candidates must provide a copy of their birth certificate, driver’s license, or a government issued identification card which includes the candidate’s age at the time of registration.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: In order to be eligible to compete in Local, State, or the National Competition candidates must abide by the guidelines set forth in the Miss America State and Local Candidate Application and Agreement.

  • Candidate must be female
  • Candidate must be a high school senior (or completed GED testing for high school equivalency) or attending college
  • Candidate is not now, nor has ever been married. Candidate must also attest that she is not pregnant or the legal guardian of any child.
  • Candidate must be of good moral character having never been involved in any act of moral turpitude. Candidate must never have been convicted of any crime greater than a misdemeanor.
  • Candidate must assert and state that she can physically participate fully in and execute all program activities.

In addition to following Miss America State and Local rules, it is MANDATORY that the candidate awarded the job of Miss Apopka make 3 public appearances throughout the year.

  • Christmas Parade (December)
  • Shop with a Cop (December)
  • Apopka Art and Foliage Festival (April)


To compete for the title of Miss Apopka, candidates must reside in any one of the following counties: Alachua, Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St John’s, Sumter, or Volusia. The map below shows the acceptable counties.

  • RESIDENCY STATUS, a candidate must meet the requirements set by the local and provide proof of residency-a current drivers license, voter registration card, current lease, etc.
  • STUDENT STATUS, to compete as an out of state student, the candidate must have been accepted and successfully registered to physically attend classes at an accredited college, university, or technical school as a full time student (at least 12 credit hours).
  • EMPLOYMENT STATUS, if competing based on employment status, the candidate must work full-time (at least 32 hours per week) within the geographic boundaries listed above for at least sixty (60) calendar days preceding the date of the Miss Apopka Scholarship Competition.


There are four categories of each competition. The categories are:

Private Interview: 35%

Each candidate will meet with our judges for a nine (9) minute thirty (30) second Private Interview with an additional thirty (30) seconds provided for an optional closing statement. This phase of competition allows insight into the candidate’s ability to fulfill the responsibilities required of a titleholder and provides an opportunity to learn as much as possible about the candidate’s unique qualities and attributes.

Talent: 35%

Each candidate will perform a one (1) minute thirty (30) second talent. This phase of competition allows insight into the candidates preparatory and performance skills.

Red Carpet: 15%

The elegant Red-Carpet Competition is designed for the candidate to make an on-stage statement of her own personal style, charm, confidence, personality, and grace.  The candidate’s choice of wardrobe should complement her personal style, as well as her command of the stage.


On-Stage Interview/Social Impact Initiative: 15%

Each candidate will present a ten (10) to twenty (20) second Social Impact Pitch based on her Social Impact Initiative. Candidates will then be asked a follow-up question during an on-stage continuation of her Private Interview.