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Darynne Dahlem, Miss Arkansas 2019 – 2020

Darynne Dahlem, of Greenwood, Arkansas, began pursuit of her dream to become a pediatric cardiologist in 2020, attending medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The same year she became Miss Arkansas, she graduated from the University of Arkansas Honors College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science.

During the five years Darynne competed in the Miss America Organization, she won over $100,000 in scholarships.

As Miss Arkansas 2019, Darynne won a $30,000 scholarship provided by The Ted and Shannon Skokos Foundation and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation. She also won more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation and gifts.  She represented Arkansas at the 2020 Miss America Competition and continues to serve as Miss Arkansas today.

During the 2019 Miss Arkansas Competition, Darynne brought home an additional $14,550 in scholarships for a grand total of $44,550.  She won the Sarah Slocum Overall Interview Award as well as the Overall On Stage Interview Award.  Darynne also won the Jessie Ward Bennett Leadership Award, the Claudia Raffo Enhance Arkansas Award, the Asher Ray Mentor Award, the Melonie Moore Overall Vocalist Award, the Online Favorite Award and one of the two Legacy Awards.  During the Arrival Ceremonies it was announced that she won the Medical Professionals Marketplace Scholarship.  During Preliminary Competition, Darynne won the Social Impact and Evening Wear Awards for the Sigma Group.

Darynne plans to specialize in pediatric cardiology and work at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is grateful for the scholarships she received which are enabling her to pursue her dream.

Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation

The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the sole fundraising entity for the Miss Arkansas Competition. For decades, the Competition has maintained a tradition of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talents and intelligence.

In 2019, Miss Arkansas candidates were awarded over $182,300 in scholarships and earned over $250,000 more in in-kind, educational scholarships.

By offering your support to this event, you directly impact young women across the state of Arkansas, enabling them to meet their academic goals while also supporting the largest scholarship provider for women in the world, the Miss America Competition.

Please help us increase the scholarship endowment by donating today. Your support will empower these young women today with the hope of becoming our leaders of tomorrow.

Thank you!

Baxter Sharp, Treasurer

Board of Directors:

Susie Morgan, Chair
Jamie Pafford-Gresham, Vice-Chair
Baxter Sharp, Treasurer
Danielle Crain, Vice-Treasurer
Janell Mason, Secretary

Brandi Adams
Amber Bennett Bynum
Shane Broadway
Stephanie Throckmorton-Duty

The mission of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation is to raise funds to help young Arkansas women pursue their individual educational aspirations.


The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
As such, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by IRS regulations.
Tax ID 26-4702621
P.O Box 552 Brinkley 72021