John Oliver delivered a rather scorching takedown of the Miss America Organization this week, taking on the claim that they make $45 million in scholarships available annually. Oliver explained that this drove him and his staff so crazy they actually attempted to fact-check this state by state.
Well, the Miss America Organization actually responded to Oliver in a blog post yesterday. They start out by bragging about how Oliver “reaffirmed that the Miss America Organization (MAO) is the largest scholarship organization for women” (a fact that Oliver found incredibly depressing, for what it’s worth).
In fact, the whole response is basically the Miss America Organization touting all the money they make available and how they continue to be “at the forefront of providing opportunities to women.”
Here’s the full statement:
John Oliver reaffirmed that the Miss America Organization (MAO) is the largest scholarship organization for women when he stated the number of scholarship dollars claimed “…is more than any other women-only scholarship we could find.”
We highlight the impressive, generous $45 million in scholarships made available in an effort to honor every one of our academic partners nationwide who make available cash and in-kind financial opportunities to the MAO and young women who participate in the program. Each year, more than 8,000 young women compete for scholarships through the volunteer, grassroots driven Miss America pageant system in more than 950 local, state, and national competitions. These scholarships are awarded not just to winners of each pageant but to runners-up and participants.
As with any scholarship, the full amount awarded may not always be used as recipients’ plans change or evolve. The Miss America Organization works every day to administer these scholarships to young women across the country and encourages our participants to utilize these scholarships provided by colleges and universities nationally who partner to fund education.
The Miss America Organization is dedicated to improving the opportunities available to our program participants and remaining at the forefront of providing opportunities to women.
And you can watch Oliver’s segment here, via HBO:
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