July 8, 2013
WEST HAVEN, CONN. – The University of New Haven is the only university in the state that this year will offer scholarships to winners of the Miss Connecticut, Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen program and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.
In addition the university sponsors its own pageant, Miss University of New Haven.
“These women have demonstrated incredible overall talent and ability and devote a tremendous amount of time to helping the community,” said Ashley Abate, a UNH admissions counselor. “We are pleased to honor their commitment and accomplishments and look forward to having them as part of the UNH community.”
The winner of Miss Connecticut, Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen will receive a $5,000 UNH undergraduate scholarship in addition to any merit-based aid and financial aid they may be eligible for, said Abate.
UNH is the only university in the state to provide the scholarship at the teen level.
The Miss Connecticut Pageant is an official preliminary contest to the Miss America Pageant, the nation's leading achievement program and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women.
Participation in the Connecticut program provides young women with the opportunity to promote a platform of community service, share their talents, intelligence, and positive values while serving as role models in their communities.
The outstanding teen program serves girls aged 13 to 17, while the Miss Connecticut Pageant serves young women aged 17-24.
Winners within the Miss UNH pageant go on to the Miss Connecticut pageant.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide, and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.