The Miss Farmington Cities Scholarship Program is geared towards empowering young women. Young women compete in a scholarship pageant in July the Wednesday before the annual Farmington Founders Festival. That night, a panel of judges determines the winner and her court, comprised of the 1st and 2nd runner-up, and a chosen Miss Spirit of Farmington. They then serve the Farmington and Farmington Hills community throughout their year as titleholders.
To compete you must be:
A young woman between the ages of 14-17 by December 31st, 2020
A resident of Farmington/Farmington Hills*
Able to attend orientation, 2-3 rehearsals and dress rehearsal
May not be a senior graduating in May of 2020
To become a contestant for Miss Farmington Cities 2020 you must submit an application to or mail a physical copy to the address listed in the application before April 17th. All required dates and further information can be found in the application materials.
*Contestants can also be eligible if they are a resident of the 48167 and 48025 zip codes and attend Farmington Public Schools
Contestants and the Community
All contestants need a sponsor (or multiple sponsors) to pay a $150 entrance fee. The Miss Farmington Cities Board knows many local sponsors who love sponsoring contestants each year, so if you would like to compete and do not have a sponsor in mind, please just let us know! All contestants also need a charity as their platform. If you have any questions please reach out!
The pageant focuses on scholarship, intelligence, and poise, using multiple components to find a well-rounded titleholder to represent our community. The day of the pageant consists of a full day of getting ready with the other contestants, a 10 minute interview, and finally the show that ends by crowning our new Farmington and Farmington Hills Ambassador.
Private 10-Minute Interview .........45%
Physical Fitness ..................................10%
Service Project Proposal....................15%
Red-Carpet Evening Wear .................5%
Red-Carpet Interview ........................15%
Mayor's Essay .......................................10%
The Miss Farmington Cities Scholarship Program does not allow contestants to wear bikinis or other revealing clothing on stage. It is aimed towards young women and is a family-friendly event.
2019 Awards and Grants
Dr. William Nutting Educational
Dr. William Nutting selects one contestant to receive a $500 Award. The candidates have the opportunity to submit their transcript and he uses these to decide who will win this award.
Diana Patterson-Mets Spirit of Miss Farmington Cities
On the morning of the pageant all contestants cast a vote to decide which contestant best embodies the true 'Spirit of Miss Farmington'. Presented in loving memory of Dani Patterson-Mets.
Community Service Award
Sponsored by American Legion Post #346, American Legion members choose the contestant who demonstrates their commitment to the community through service. Each contestant was given the option to submit a community service book or media presentation for the American Legion members to review.
Sponsored by a former Miss Farmington and current Farmington Hills City Council member, Samantha Steckloff. Candidates were asked to submit their thoughts and experiences in leadership through leadership questions that Ms. Steckloff uses to select her recipient.
Ginny Morris Personal Development Award
This scholarship is awarded to the contestant who has grown the most throughout the months in preparation up to the pageant. Sponsored by Karan Beaty and Family, the Miss Farmington Cites Scholarship Program Board helps to choose the recipient.
Sponsored by Emma Feeheley, Miss Farmington 2014, this award goes to the contestant with the highest interview score.
Farmington Mayor's Essay Award
Sponsored by John Herzog, the Mayor of Farmington chooses the essay they feel is most deserving of a scholarship for her voice and persuasion in her essay. All contesants submit this one-page essay as a phase of competition, responding to a relevant question that changes each year.
Richard Lerner & Maureen McCarthy Goodfellows Award
The mission of the Farmington Area Goodfellows is “No child or senior without a Christmas”. Each year, more than 200 volunteers bring food and toys to our residents who might otherwise go without during the holiday season. The Richard Lerner & Maureen McCarthy Goodfellows Scholarship is awarded to the contestant who best exemplifies dedication to serving those less fortunate in our community.
Farmington Hills Mayor's Essay Award
Sponsored by John Herzog, the Mayor of Farmington Hills chooses the essay they feel is most deserving of a scholarship for her voice and persuasion in her essay. All contesants submit this one-page essay as a phase of competition, responding to a relevant question that changes each year.
Spirit and Fortitude
This award acknowledges the contestant whom has demonstrated Spirit and Fortitude to try and positively change the major issue currently challenging our Caring Community, mental health. Mental health influences many facets of our society, behavior, interpersonal relationships, crime, substance use, violence, and in extreme, suicide. Many problems and issues we hear about have poor mental health as a root cause. No matter how it manifests, mental
health is the base issue. It is difficult to deal with, hard to talk about, and takes a strong person with spirit and fortitude to make a difference. Sponsored by Ken Massey.
This could be your Scholarship
Passionate about a cause in our community? Looking to support young women in their education? You could do both by creating a scholarship of your own! Contact us for more information
Walter E. Sundquist Humanitarian Award
Since 2011, The Walter E. Sundquist Humanitarian Award is presented to
someone from our cities that has gone above and beyond in their efforts
to support the Miss Farmington Cities Program. This award demonstrates
devotion and commitment to both the program and our cities. This award is
presented by Mark Ziegler of Heeney-Sundquist