At-Large Contestants

In 2018, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality program added an at-large contestant component, which enables Mississippi communities without a local director to have a representative in the State Competition.

Contestants must be a woman between the ages of 18 and 24; a resident of Mississippi; represent her hometown, not the community where she attends college; a high school graduate and have a 2.5 or higher scholastic average. Click here for the full list of contestant requirements

Women interested in competing as an at-large participant must submit their application to the State Office by March 6, 2020. Submissions can be emailed to mshosp@visithburg.org. A $75 application fee is required with submission and will be applied to the registration fee if selected as a contestant. The application fee is fully refundable if not selected. 

At-Large Scoring

A panel will select contestants from the at-large candidate pool based upon the following scoring criteria:

Education – 20%
Honors and Activities – 20%
Essay – 30%
Headshot – 20%
Overall Application Presentation – 10%

Total – 100%

The addition of this component is one of the ways the Miss Hospitality competition is encouraging representation from all 82 counties. As the state’s Goodwill Ambassador, Miss Hospitality will not only serve as a spokesperson for Mississippi but will also represent her hometown area.

While participation is encouraged throughout the state, at-large eligibility is ONLY for areas without a local director. Please refer to the list below prior to applying as an at-large contestant.  

2019 Areas with a Local Director

Please see the alphabetical list below for areas that currently have a local director and/or a contestant.  If your area is NOT LISTED, you are eligible to submit an application. 

Booneville 

Covington County

Ellisville

Greene County 

Hattiesburg

Jackson

Jefferson County

Jones County

Lamar County

Lauderdale County

 

Laurel

Lawrence County

Leakesville

Lee County

Lincoln County

Lowndes County

Magee 

Marion County

Mendenhall 

Meridian 

Natchez

Neshoba County

Oxford

Panola County

Perry County

Petal

Pike County

Pontotoc County

Ridgeland

Smith County

Starkville

Stone County

Tate County

Tupelo

Vicksburg

Walthall County

Washington County

Wayne County