The Miss Finger Lakes Scholarship Organization was established in 1999 as an official preliminary to the Miss New York State Pageant. In 2013, a second title was added to extend the opportunity to another deserving young woman to represent a larger region at the state pageant. The legacy of Miss Finger Lakes is an elite sisterhood of some of our region’s most intelligent, talented and motivated young leaders. Past titleholders have spread out across the state and country, reaching for their goals and aspirations.

The Miss Miss Finger Lakes Organization aims to recognize each young woman's potential, reward academic achievement, and promote women throughout Upstate New York by providing opportunities to develop important life skills and the importance of community service. Furthermore, it provides scholarships to assist these women as they continue their education in preparation for their future.

Phases of Competition

Private Interview (25%)
Individual 10-minute interview with our panel of judges. Contestants are judged on communication skills, the ability to convey her opinion, personality and confidence.

Talent (30%)
A 90-second routine of any type. Judges will look for a combination of skill, excitement and entertainment value. 

Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimwear (15%)
Contestants will model a one or two piece swimsuit. Contestants are judged on their physical health and confidence.


  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • You live, work or attend school full time in New York State and have done so for at least 6 months prior to competing
  • You are female, never married and never have had children
  • You must live, work, or attend school full time in the state of New York above Long Island and the 5 boroughs of New York City
  • Miss: You are between 17-24. 
    ​You will not be older than 24 by December 31st, 2018
  • Teen: You are between 13-17, and not yet a high school senior
  • You meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization

Desiree Wiley, Miss Finger Lakes 2014 shown with

Diane Marie Neal, Miss Finger Lakes 1968 


Evening Wear (15%)
Briefly model a formal gown. Contestants are judged on their sense of style, elegance, and the overall sense of joy they bring to their beauty. 

On-Stage Question (20%)
Contestants will be asked to answer a brief question relating to current events, the organization, or herself. Communication skills and comfort under pressure are evaluated.