What Is Miss UNA?
The Miss UNA Scholarship Pageant is an official preliminary for the Miss Alabama/Miss America Pageant. The Miss UNA Scholarship pageant has been a UNA tradition for over 30 years.
The pageant provides an opportunity for the university's young women to compete in the following categories for scholarship money and prizes. In the past 5 years, over $30,000 in scholarships and prizes have been awarded to the contestants.
Each young woman is encouraged and mentored to develop skills that will enrich her personal and professional life beyond her university experience. Miss University of North Alabama spends her year in service to the university and Shoals Area community. She promotes the platform of her choice, makes official appearances as a university representative, and represents the university at the Miss Alabama Scholarship Pageant.
CONTESTANTS ARE JUDGED IN A COMPREHENSIVE, PRIVATE INTERVIEW THE MORNING OF THE PAGEANT. THIS PHASE OF THE COMPETITION COUNTS FOR 25 PERCENT OF THE OVERALL SCORE. THE ON STAGE QUESTION PHASE IS WORTH 5% OF THE OVERALL SCORE. THE CONTESTANTS ARE JUDGED IN THREE MORE CATEGORIES: LIFESTYLE AND FITNESS IN SWIMSUIT, TALENT, AND EVENING WEAR. TALENT COUNTS FOR 35 PERCENT, EVENING WEAR FOR 20 PERCENT, AND SWIMSUIT FOR 15 PERCENT OF THE OVERALL SCORE.
EACH PHASE OF THE COMPETITION IS JUDGED INDEPENDENTLY OF THE OTHERS. DURING THE FINAL JUDGING, EACH CONTESTANT IS RANKED BY EACH JUDGE ACCORDING TO HOW THE JUDGE THINKS THE CONTESTANT SHOULD FINISH. THE CONTESTANT WITH THE HIGHEST FINAL SCORE IS SELECTED TO REPRESENT U.N.A.
On-Stage Question 5%
Evening Wear 20%
Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit 15%