About Us

Building Women Leaders

Founded in 1921, Miss Philadelphia is an institution in the City of Brotherly Love. The competition, which was originally a qualifier to Atlantic City's "Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America" contest, has changed with the times and the city. The program evolved from a bathing beauty contest into the Miss Philadelphia Scholarship Organization, a local subsidiary of Miss America, the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States.

MPSO provides educational scholarships and opportunities for community service, capacity building and artistic expression for young women ages 17-24. Each year, the Organization awards thousands of dollars in support of its contestants' educational pursuits, and provides a training ground for participants to develop personal and professional communication and leadership skills. Since 2012, MPSO has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships. Miss Philadelphia winners have leveraged the program on their roads to become attorneys, physicians, business executives, professors and media personalities.

Miss Philadelphia is a champion, role model, and spokesperson lending her voice to causes and organizations impacting the Philadelphia community. Once crowned, she spends a year of service in dedication to the city, advocating for her personal platform and that of the MPSO's partners.

Production Team
Margherita Carrieri-Russo
Vincenza Carrieri-Russo
Nicholas Lavella
Laura Mattey
Kirk Merryman
Scott Romani
Jeremy Williams


Communications and Marketing
Becky Bledsoe Rappoccio
Heather Miller
Kevin Schlear


Judges Chairpersons
RJ Gross
Stacey Gross

Board of Directors
Bobbey Biddle - Executive Director
Mary Kaye Anthony
Kiplee Bell
Lauren Bilski
Diamond Edmonds
Alicia Roberts
Kimberly Rogers
Brintha Vasagar


Outstanding Teen
Diamond Edmonds - Director
Bethany Ostrowski
Scott Romani


Committee Members and Volunteers
Jose Hernandez
Tonia Kaufman
Pat Lewis
Beth Mattey
Deb Nager
Miriam Rogers
Carol Stevens
Agnes White
Frank White
Marie Williamson Tobin