Allison DeMarcus, founder / CEO of the Miss Volunteer America Pageant system, made an exciting announcement about the upcoming Miss Volunteer America Pageant today.DeMarcus shared that $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded this Saturday night during the inaugural national pageant.
Miss Volunteer America will garner $50,000 in scholarships, with the remaining $100,000 awarded to the runners-up, finalists, semi-finalists, and state titleholders.
“It is a joy and honor to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and spirit of service that is the hallmark of the Miss Volunteer America Pageant system,” shared DeMarcus. “Providing much-needed scholarship money to the winner and all of our participants is an honor for me and our entire pageant family.”
The Miss Volunteer America organization is a nationwide, service-oriented scholarship program based in Tennessee that seeks to empower young women through educational scholarships and extraordinary opportunities.
As of April 1, 2022, forty-seven titleholders have been crowned across the country in the Volunteer Pageant system with over $500,000 in college scholarships already awarded at the state level. Forty-seven state titleholders are preparing for the National Competition, where even more scholarship money will be awarded, and they will represent their respective states in the National Finals for Miss Volunteer America in Jackson, Tennessee. State Titleholders arrive for the National Pageant on May 1, 2022, in Jackson and will compete in preliminary competitions on May 4,5 & 6, 2022. The inaugural Miss Volunteer America will be crowned during the national finals on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center and will be live-streamed on PageantsLive.com!
In addition to scholarship money, Miss Volunteer America will have the opportunity to meet with Creative Artists Agency Nashville, Big Machine Label Group, and collaborate with Dance Network.
The spirit of service is at the very heart of the Miss Volunteer America program. The inaugural Miss Volunteer America will partner nationally with the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and American Heart Association. Additionally, she will serve as an Ambassador for White Flag, an app that provides anonymous mental health assistance. During pageant week, State Titleholders will participate in volunteer activities daily to promote community service.
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ABOUT ALLISON DEMARCUS
Allison DeMarcus is a former Miss Tennessee Teen USA, Miss Tennessee America and Miss Tennessee USA and is the only woman in pageant history to represent the state of Tennessee at the Miss Teen USA, Miss America and Miss USA pageants. DeMarcus began working with Country Music Television in January 2007 when she co-hosted the Miss America Pageant with Mario Lopez and has worked as a television personality for Country Music Television for ten years.
Allison is married to Jay DeMarcus of the country music supergroup, Rascal Flatts. In 2020, Allison and Jay – along with their adorable children – warmed hearts in their own NETFLIX reality show,
DeMarcus Family Rules.
Additionally, the couple has appeared together on The Chew, NASHVILLE, Good Morning America and Chrisley Knows Best. When she is off-camera, DeMarcus enjoys serving in her third year as President of the Board of Directors of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and recently finished chairing an $18M Pediatric Cancer Campaign. She also enjoys serving as a Board Member for the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center’s Board of Overseers, a Board member for the Memorial Foundation on the Grants Committee, as well as the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Pageant.
She formerly served on the Board of Directors for Cheekwood, The Women’s Fund, Sigma Epsilon Chi Omega Advisory Board at Vanderbilt, Chi Omega’s National Recruitment Team and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and has enjoyed volunteering for The Nashville Symphony, Sexual Assault Center, Swan Ball, Nashville Humane Association, Nashville Ballet, Second Harvest Food Bank, Nashville Alliance, Warner Parks, The Frist Center, Nashville Zoo and the Oasis Center.
Allison’s most important job is being a wife to Jay, and mother to Madeline and Dylan.