The Miss Alaska Scholarship Foundation is celebrating six decades with the Miss America organization.

Miss Alaska 1990 Holly Adkins, 2017 Miss Alaska's Outstanding Teen Emma Broyles and the current Miss Alaska, Angelina Klapperich, joined KTVA's Daybreak to talk about the mission of Miss America and how young women can get involved.

"The main mission of Miss America is to provide scholarships to young women," Holly said. "Last year alone we gave out $45 million in in-kind and cash scholarships, and all of those cash scholarships have to go to a university or college or vocational system of some kind."

Women competing within Miss America need to support a charitable platform, with the national pageant currently backing a number of groups.

"The platform of the Miss America organization is the Children's Miracle Network. Any money that's raised by any of our girls in lieu of an entry fee goes to our own community version of the Children's Miracle Hospital," Holly said. "And each girl is also encouraged to select a community service project or passion for herself too."

Broyles said Special Olympics was her platform, and Klapperich enjoys sharing and speaking about compassion.

Miss Alaska occupies a special niche in the Miss America network, according to Holly.

"We also are one of the few pageant systems that really has talent as a huge portion," Holly said. "Miss Alaska's in almost every sector of our community. We have doctors, teachers, pharmaceutical reps, real-estate agents -- we really run the gamut in participation."

Broyles said she would strongly recommend the pageant to a young woman interested in participating.

"I would say go for it because I have earned so many college scholarships, and as you know, college is expensive and it's a great way to earn plenty of scholarships and to better yourself," Broyles said. "Every contestant that participates walks away with at least a little scholarship money; I would really suggest doing it -- try it."

The state pageant is currently accepting applications for the next competition in June. To download one, visit the Miss Alaska website.

The filing deadline is on April 16, when pageant representatives will be at SteamDot Coffee in the Mall at Sears to accept applications.

Holly suggested that all those with an interest in getting more information should follow Miss Alaska on social media.

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