Miss America is beauty and brains

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Miss America STEM Scholarship finalists. Miss America STEM Scholarship finalists.

The 53 Miss America hopefuls made a stop in Washington DC on Labor Day, their last stop before heading to Atlantic City. In DC the women had the opportunity to learn about Miss America’s focus on access and affordability of higher education and organizations STEM emphasis. With the state contestants are Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, Miss America Organization Chairman and CEO, Sam Haskell and Kevin Latek of Gray TV.

This year, five young women pursuing education in STEM, science, technology, engineering and math related fields will be awarded $5,000 scholarships each to further their education.

The 10 finalists for those scholarship awards were announced Monday. They are Miss Georgia- Maggie Bridges, Miss Hawaii- Stephanie Steuri, Miss Massachusetts- Lauren Kuhn, Miss New Hampshire-Megan Cooley, Miss New Mexico-Jessica Burson, Miss Ohio- Mackenzie Bart, Miss Oregon-Rebecca Anderson, Miss Puerto Rico- Yarelis Salgado, Miss Texas- Monique Evans, and Miss Vermont-Lucy Edwards. The Tuesday schedule for the Miss America class of 2015 will be to visit DC.

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