The Miss Black Connecticut USA Scholarship & Pageant is a chapter of the Miss Black USA Scholarship & Pageant Foundation, Inc. A nonprofit corporation, recognized under the 501(c)3 Code of Internal Revenue Service, awarding scholarships for professional, undergraduate and graduate studies to young women of color between the ages of 14 to 17 (Talented Teen Division) and 18 to 27 (Miss Division).
It is the mission of Miss Black USA to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color and to develop the “whole woman mind, body, and spirit” through philanthropy and lifelong professional initiatives. The Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant is a national scholarship competition for young women of African descent that was founded in 1986 by Karen Arrington. The Miss Black Connecticut USA Scholarship & Pageant is the official preliminary Connecticut competition and it makes it return after 20 years directed under Kade Henderson in 2016.
The winner of Miss Black Connecticut USA Scholarship & Pageant advances to the national pageant Miss Black USA welcoming the chance to win an academic scholarship in addition to become a brand ambassador for local businesses and organization to advocate for causes that are dear to the community of Connecticut.
Connecticut women of color graduate with post-secondary degrees and high school diplomas at a significantly lower rate than their counterparts. Lack of education locks women in the cycle of poverty, since they lack the necessary qualifications for jobs with greater earning potential. Lack of higher education also exacerbates the wage gap, which widens for women working in lower wage jobs.
Let's face it, education has a significant impact on women. Help us advocate for equal education and join the movement.