The Miss Iowa scholarship program's mission is to provide scholarship awards within a competitive system designed to enhance educational and career opportunities for young women. While encouraging young women to serve as positive role models through service and personal development, the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program provides exposure to experiences that personal confidence, showcase talents, and serve the community.
The Miss Iowa competition is the official preliminary for the state of Iowa in the Miss America pageant. No contestant from Iowa has ever won the national Miss America title although two Miss Iowas have been named first runner-up. Cheryl Browne, Miss Iowa 1970, competed in the Miss America 1971 pageant as the first African American contestant.
Contestants at the local and state levels of the Miss Iowa program use the scholarship money they earn to help pay for college and graduate school. In addition to scholarships granted to local and state winners, the Miss Iowa program awards scholarships for outstanding interview skills, talent, and other special awards.
The Miss Iowa pageant is a three-day program held in the Quad-Cities every June.
Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw of Rock Island, Illinois was crowned Miss Iowa 2018 on June 16, 2018 at Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.
- Miss America: N/A
- 1st runners-up: Joanne MacDonald (1959), Catherine Lemkau (1993)
- 2nd runners-up: Susan Thompson (1969), Olivia Myers (2009)
- 3rd runners-up: Lisa Somodi (1992)
- 4th runners-up: Mariah Cary (2013)
- Top 10: Lynda Jeanne Formanek (1968), Renee Stuedemann (1973), Lori Froeling (1980), Kerri Rosenberg (1991), Diana Reed (2008), Jessica Pray (2012), Kelly Koch (2017)
- Top 12: Aly Lou Olson (2015), Taylor Wiebers (2016)
Awards at Miss America
- Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness: Susan Thompson (1969), Catherine Lemkau (1993) (tie), Taylor Wiebers (2016)
- Preliminary Talent: Lisa Somodi (1992), Catherine Lemkau (1993), Diana Reed (2008), Taylor Wiebers (2016)
- Non-finalist Talent: Martha Barsness (1957), Joleen Wolf (1963), Carolyn Northway (1964), Marie Mushro (1966), Lois Koth (1970), Cheryl Browne (1971), Jean Bollhoefer (1975), Linda Simon (1983), Jayna Sanchez (1990), Lisa Dondlinger (1999), Jennifer Caudle (2000), Carolyn Nicholas (2005), Anne Langguth (2010), Chelsea Dubczak (2018)
- Non-finalist Interview: Pauli Mayfield (2011)
- Miss Congeniality: Marie Mushro (1966)
- Miss America Scholar Award: Erin Smith (2002)
- Quality of Life Award 1st runners-up: Theresa Uchytil (2001)
- Quality of Life Award 2nd runners-up: Nancy Van Meter (1994)
- Quality of Life Award Finalists: Anne Langguth (2010)
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Local Title||Miss America Talent||Placement at Miss America||Special scholarships at Miss America||Notes|
|2018||Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw||Rock Island, Illinois||21||Miss Clinton County||Violin||Eligible as a student and recent graduate of the University of Iowa|
|2017||Chelsea Dubczak||Urbandale||23||Miss Metro||Operatic Vocal, "Sempre Libera" from La traviata||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|2016||Kelly Koch||Waukee||20||Miss Polk County||Dance||Top 10|
|2015||Taylor Wiebers||Clinton||21||Miss Clinton County||Vocal, "Don't Forget Me" from Smash||Top 12||Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness Award
Preliminary Talent Award
|2014||Aly Lou Olson||Des Moines||21||Miss Scott County||Vocal, "How Could I Ever Know" from The Secret Garden||Top 12||Previously Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen 2010|
|2013||Nicole Kelly||Keokuk||23||Miss Metro||Vocal, "Brave"||The first contestant born without left forearm|
|2012||Mariah Cary||Burlington||20||Miss Muscatine||Tap Dance, "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)"||4th runner-up|
|2011||Jessica Pray||Johnston||18||Miss Muscatine||Vocal "You Raise Me Up"||Top 10|
|2010||Pauli Mayfield||Davenport||24||Miss Scott County||Vocal "I Know Where I've Been" from Hairspray||Non-Finalist Interview Award|
|2009||Anne Langguth||Iowa City||22||Miss Johnson County||Violin Solo "Zigeunerweisen"||Non-Finalist Talent Award
Quality of Life Finalist
|Previously Iowa's Junior Miss 2005
Top 10 at America's Junior Miss 2005
Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2008
|2008||Olivia Myers||Sperry||22||Miss Burlington||Tap Dance "Fever"||2nd runner-up|
|2007||Diana Reed||Norwalk||23||Miss Capital City||Baton "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray||Top 10||Preliminary Talent Award||Former Golden Girl for the University of Iowa
Previously Iowa's Junior Miss 2002
|2006||Emily Nicholas||Clear Lake||21||Miss Cedar River||Vocal "Over the Rainbow"||Sister of Miss Iowa 2004, Carolyn Nicholas|
|2005||Kay Pauszek||Bettendorf||23||Miss Muscatine||Irish Step Dance "Tipping Wheel"|
|2004||Carolyn Nicholas||Clear Lake||22||Miss Cedar River||Flute Solo "The Heebie Jeebies"||Non-finalist Talent Award||Sister of Miss Iowa 2006, Emily Nicholas|
|2003||Nicole White||Eldridge||22||Miss Scott County||Vocal "If I Had My Way"|
|2002||Stephanie Moore||Okoboji||22||Miss Golden Circle||Vocal "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera||Previously Iowa's Junior Miss 1998|
|2001||Erin Smith||Bettendorf||20||Miss Mississippi Valley Fair||Piano Solo "Khachaturian's Toccata"||Miss America Scholar||Previously Iowa's Junior Miss 1999|
|2000||Theresa Uchytil||Urbandale||24||Miss Johnson County||Baton "The Cup of Life"||Quality of Life 1st runner-up|
|1999||Jennifer Caudle||Davenport||21||Miss Scott County||Cello "Sabre Dance"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1998||Lisa Dondlinger||Des Moines||24||Miss Capital City||Violin Solo "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1997||Sheri Riley||Clear Lake||19||Miss Cedar Valley||Gospel Vocal "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"|
|1996||Natasha Courter||Davenport||23||Miss Mississippi Valley Fair||Tap Dance "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)|
|1995||Jennifer Curry||Muscatine||21||Miss Johnson County||Vocal "The Last Man In My Life" from Song and Dance|
|1994||Tammy Truitt||Davenport||21||Miss Scott County||Dramatic Vocal "I Still Believe" from Miss Saigon|
|1993||Nancy Van Meter||Burlington||24||Miss Burlington||Vocal "Stand by Your Man"||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up|
|1992||Catherine Lemkau||Muscatine||24||Miss Mississippi Valley Fair||Vocal "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde||1st runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award
Preliminary Swimsuit Award (tie)
|1991||Lisa Somodi||Muscatine||23||Miss Muscatine County||Classical Piano "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15"||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Talent Award|
|1990||Kerri Rosenberg||Burlington||26||Miss Mississippi Valley Fair||Classical Vocal "Ah, Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette||Top 10|
|1989||Jayna Sanchez||Davenport||24||Miss Cedar-Johnson County||Dance / Twirl "Another Cha-Cha" by Santa Esmeralda||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1988||Tiffany DiBernardo||Bettendorf||19||Miss Scott County||Vocal "I Go To Rio"|
|1987||Robin Wolfram||Davenport||24||Miss Scott County||Popular Vocal "Only He"|
|1986||Darcy Benton||Delmar||19||Miss Clinton County||Vocal "Someone to Watch Over Me"||Toured with the 1987 Gillette Miss America Show Troupe|
|1985||Sherri Bowman||Council Bluffs||24||Miss Nishna Valley||Piano Solo|
|1984||Debra Deitering||Missouri Valley||23||Miss Southwest Iowa||Vocal "This Is My Life"|||
|1983||Karri Nussle||Des Moines||19||Miss Polk County||Vocal "Minute Waltz"|
|1982||Linda Simon||DeWitt||23||Miss Clinton County||Baton Twirling||Non-finalist Talent Award||Former Golden Girl for the University of Iowa|
|1981||Darla Blocker||Davenport||19||Miss Scott County||Vocal "But the World Goes Round"|
|1980||Jane Patton||Council Bluffs||24||Miss Nishna Valley||Semi-Classical Vocal "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"|
|1979||Lori Froeling||Keokuk||20||Miss Keokuk||Flute Solo "Carnival of Venice"||Top 10|
|1978||Mary England||Davenport||20||Miss Scott County||Piano Solo "Spellbound"|
|1977||Debra Jo Scheller||Fort Dodge||23||Miss Emmet County||Popular Vocal "Country Girl"|
|1976||Ronda Frogley||Davenport||20||Miss Scott County||Popular Vocal "Tomorrow"|
|1975||Debbie Weuve||State Center||20||Miss Marshall County||Vocal "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret|
|1974||Jean Bollhoefer||Haverhill||25||Miss Marshall County||Popular Vocal "Starting Here, Starting Now"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1973||Lynette Henninger||Bettendorf||19||Miss Scott County||Ballet "Color My World" & "Make No Sound"||Toured with Miss America USO Troupe|
|1972||Renee Stuedemann||Clinton||23||Miss Clinton County||Baton Twirling "Can-Can"||Top 10|
|1971||Judith Stephens||Clarinda||21||Miss Southwest Iowa||Piano "Rhapsody In Blue"|
|1970||Cheryl Browne||Decorah||20||Miss Decorah||Ballet "Deep Purple"||Non-finalist Talent Award||First African American contestant to compete at the Miss America pageant
Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
|1969||Lois Koth||Alta||20||Miss Storm Lake||Pipe Organ Solo "Toccata" by Charles-Marie Widor||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1968||Susan Thompson||Des Moines||21||Miss Des Moines||Piano Solo "Warsaw Concerto"||2nd runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit Award|
|1967||Lynda Jeanne Formanek||Belle Plaine||23||Miss Newton||Character Portrayal of "Alice In Wonderland"||Top 10||Died from injuries in an auto accident in March 1969|
|1966||Pamela Ericson||Sioux City||19||Miss Sioux City||Semi-Classical Vocal, "Love Is Where You Find It" from The Kissing Bandit|
|1965||Marie Mushro||Sioux City||19||Miss Sioux City||Ballet en Pointe, "The Dying Swan"||Miss Congeniality
Non-finalist Talent Award
|Featured performer in the 1966 Miss America telecast|
|1964||Carol Johnson||Ames||21||Miss Ames||Folk Singing & Guitar|
|1963||Carolyn Northway||Davenport||19||Miss Davenport||Piano Solo, "Etude in D Flat Major"||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1962||Joleen Wolf||Des Moines||19||Miss Des Moines||Interpretive Ballet "Autumn Concerto"||Non-finalist Talent Award||Featured performer in the 1963 Miss America Pageant telecast|
|1961||Patti Whalen||Clinton||18||Miss Clinton County||Vocal Medley "I Feel Pretty" & "Tonight" from West Side Story|
|1960||Sally Neville||Davenport||18||Miss Davenport||Dramatic Reading "Mother On a Moment's Notice"|
|1959||Jacquelyn Baker||Grinnell||20||Miss Grinnell||Modern Interpretive Dance|
|1958||Joanne MacDonald||Ames||20||Miss Ames||Dramatic Recitation "The White Cliffs of Dover"||1st runner-up|
|1957||Carol Fleck||Oskaloosa||19||Miss Southeast Iowa||Dance|
|1956||Martha Barsness||Decorah||20||Miss Decorah||Vocal, "Ah, Fors'e Lui" from La Traviata||Non-finalist Talent Award|
|1955||Kay Taylor||Iowa City||20||Miss Cedar Rapids||Tap Dance, "French Maids' Dreaming of Marriage"|
|1954||Carol Morris||Ottumwa||18||Miss Ottumwa||Violin Solo||Later Miss Iowa USA 1956
Miss USA 1956
Miss Universe 1956
|1953||Constance VerHoef||Sheldon||18||Miss Sheldon||Vocal|
|1952||Carolyn Hill||Cedar Falls||19||Miss Waterloo||Vocal, "You're My Everything"|
|1951||Nancy Jane Norman||Shenandoah||19||Miss Southwest Iowa||Vocal, "Romance" from The Desert Song|
|1950||Mary Virginia Lines||Clarinda||18||Miss Southwest Iowa||Piano / Marimba "Stardust"|
|1949||Barbara Jane Juel||Council Bluffs||20||Miss Council Bluffs||Classical Vocal, "Strie la Vampa" from Il trovatore|
|1947||Ruth Janet Anderson||Oelwein||19||Miss Fayette County||Vocal "You Made Me Love You"|
|1946||Jacquline Means||Des Moines||19||Miss Des Moines||Acrobatic Dance|
|1945||Jeanne Gordon||Des Moines||19||Miss Des Moines|
|1941||Lorene Snoddy||Des Moines||20|
|1936||Carol Bailey||Waterloo||16||Miss Waterloo|
|1935||Connie Rosefield||Des Moines||18||Miss Des Moines||No Miss Iowa|
|1933||Eleanor Dankenbring||Manning||20||Disqualified for not living in Iowa|
|1927||Geneva Roberts||Storm Lake||19||Miss Storm Lake|
|1925||Dorothy Nordyke||Miss Sioux City||No Miss Iowa|
|1924||Alta Sterling||Miss Sioux City||No Miss Iowa|
- Photographs by Paul Cauley, 1971 Door Gunner, A Co 101st Avn
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