Jaclyn Stapp

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Jaclyn Nesheiwat
Jaclyn Nesheiwat with sister.jpg
Miss New York USA 2004 Jaclyn Nesheiwat (left) visited U.S. troops in Iraq in March of 2004. While in Baghdad, she met her sister, Army Capt. Julia Nesheiwat (right), who is now Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Implementation, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. State Department
Born Jaclyn Nesheiwat
(1980-07-29) July 29, 1980 (age 34)
Carmel, New York
Title Miss New York USA 2004, Mrs. Florida America 2008

Jaclyn Nesheiwat Stapp (born July 29, 1980) is a beauty queen, philanthropist and fashion model with pageant roots in Florida and New York. She is married to Grammy Award-winner Scott Stapp. Her most notable titles include Mrs. Florida America 2008 and Miss New York USA 2004. She is executive director of The Scott Stapp With Arms Wide Open Foundation, a global foundation bringing hope to children and help to families in need with arms wide open established by husband, singer Scott Stapp in October 2000. She is a motivational speaker and image consultant who travels the world empowering at risk youth and coaching young adults entering the pageant world.

On February 10, 2006, Stapp married Grammy Award-Winner Scott Stapp, singer, songwriter and voice of Creed at Viscaya Gardens, Miami, Florida.[1] The two met during her reign as Miss New York at a Muscular Dystrophy charity gala in New York in January 2005. They have two children: a daughter named Milan born on January 4, 2007 [2] and a son named Daniel born on July 4, 2010.[3] Jaclyn filed for divorce in 2014.

Stapp is of Arab heritage and one of five children raised in Umatilla, Florida. After graduating from Umatilla High School in 1998, she attended Stetson University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Communications in 2002.[citation needed]


In 1995, Stapp entered the pageant for Miss Florida Teen 1995. She entered the pageant system again seven years later with the Miss Florida USA 2002 where she placed third runner-up. The following year she competed for the second time and was first runner-up to Shannon Ford.

Having moved to New York, Nesheiwat competed in the Miss New York USA pageant for the first time in 2003, where she won the 2004 title. During her reign, Stapp was invited by the White House Provisional Coalition Authority in March 2004 to visit U.S. troops in Iraq including her sister Army Capt. Julia Nesheiwat (then serving in Baghdad, now Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Implementation, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. State Department). Stapp represented New York in the Miss USA 2004 pageant broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California in April 2004. On May 31, 2008, Stapp won the Mrs. Florida America pageant, and was named Mrs. America 2008 First-Runner Up and awarded the title of Most Photogenic.[4]

Professional accomplishments[edit]

President’s National Community Service Award for her work with international humanitarian projects. Stapp appeared in the 1995 film “Olive Juice.” In 2001, she hosted the Travel Channel’s show “Florida’s Best Beaches.” Stapp appeared in the hit TV show “Sex in the City” in August 2002. She played Princess Jasmine at Disney World from 2002-2003. As Miss New York USA, Stapp appeared in the popular TV show “Fear Factor” in April 2003. She was selected as one of the judges in the Miss Florida USA 2007 contest. In October 2008, she visited and entertained the troops in the Middle East on the USO/AFE Tour with her husband Scott Stapp. Most recently, she was a celebrity participant in the 2008 Spherion Orlando Citrus Bowl Parade and wore a citrus-colored gown by La Casa Hermosa, which was auctioned off to benefit The Florida Citrus Sports Foundation.


  • “Basketball Rock” benefiting The Scott Stapp With Arms Wide Open Foundation
  • New York Cares Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • New York Apple, Jorge Posada Foundation
  • Florida Hurricane Victims
  • Stride in Style luncheon benefiting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer October 2, 2008 in Boca Raton, FL.
  • “World Champion Weekend” benefiting The Scott Stapp With Arms Wide Open Foundation, The Andy Roddick Foundation, The Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund November 7–8, 2009 in Boca Raton, FL.

Magazine Covers[edit]

  • Ocala Magazine
  • Orlando Nightlife
  • Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine [5]
  • Luxury Magazine
  • Stork [6]
  • PBG Lifestyle [7]
  • Boca Life Magazine [8]

Personal life[edit]

On February 11, 2006, Jaclyn Nesheiwat married Scott Stapp, frontman of Florida based, Award winning rock band Creed, though she filed for divorce in November 2014. Together, they have three children, Jagger Stapp (b. 1998), a daughter named Milán Hayat Stapp born on January 4, 2007 and a son named Daniel Issam Stapp, who was born on July 4, 2010.


Preceded by
Nadia Behette
Miss New York USA
Succeeded by
Meaghan Jarensky