The Center for Student Involvement wants students to feel represented and belonged at all events, as is reflected in our values of embracing a diverse society and fostering a sense of community. With this in mind, we have chosen to change the name of the pageant to “USF Pageant” with the purpose of increasing inclusivity and a sense of belonging within our USF community. By removing the gender prefixes of “Mr.” and “Miss” in the event name, the Center for Student Involvement aligns with our Principles of Community which “seek the intentional inclusion of the broadest possible range of diversity of lived experiences, thought, and values.”
The pageant has certainly grown since the program was revived in 2008. The Center for Student Involvement took over the planning of this program in 2018. The University of South Florida Scholarship Pageant helps to support our bright, talented students attending the University of South Florida. Any and all students who currently attend any of the University of South Florida's campuses are eligible to apply for the pageant. Due to COVID-19, we will be holding this year’s events and campaign virtually via Microsoft Teams. The 2021 University of South Florida Pageant will return in 2024.
To learn more information about how to apply, the elements of event and the application requirements, click here.
Former Miss USF Nicole Johnson was crowned Miss America in 1999 and stands as an example of the wonderful talent that emerges from programs like these. Miss Johnson, a spokeswoman for diabetes and a diabetic herself, earned $20,000 in scholarship money from the national beauty pageant. She is still connected with USF as she serves in the Health Department and supports the pageant and the success of our students.
- 2022 Winner: Miss Jailynn Youmas
- 2021 Winner: Miss Kedrine Gayle
- 2020 Winners: Miss USF Christina Stokes & Mr. Jonathan Borelly Gerlein
- 2019 Winners: Miss USF Avalon Jade Theisen & Mr. Shamom Orie
- 2018 Winners: Miss USF Abbigayle Rambaran & Mr. Foday Jaward
Miss Florida Information
Miss Florida is an pageant organization and feeder into Miss America. USF is considered a local pageant, therefore winners of the pageant are allowed to submit an application to compete in the Miss Florida pageant. It's up to the winner if she would like to compete and to determine if she meets or is willing to meet the Miss America terms for competing.