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Darynne Dahlem, Miss Arkansas 2019

Darynne Dahlem is a 22-year old Honor graduate of the University of Arkansas.  In May of 2019 she received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.  At Miss Arkansas, Darynne won a $30,000 scholarship provided by the Skokos Foundation and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation and gifts.  She will represent Arkansas at the 2020 Miss America Competition.

At this year’s Miss Arkansas Competition, Darynne brought home an additional $14,550 in scholarships for a grand total of $44,550 this year.  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 one of the two Social Impact in Evening Wear Awards for the Sigma Group.

After her year as Miss Arkansas concludes. Darynne plans to use her scholarship money to attend medical school.  She plans to one day specialize in pediatric cardiology and work at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  During her time competing in Miss Arkansas she raised almost $11,000 for CMN and Arkansas Children’s.

This was Darynne’s fifth time to grace the Miss Arkansas stage.  She has won nearly $95,000 in scholarships during this time.  She won the crown as Miss Apple Blossom this year.

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Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation

The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit 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
Brandi Adams
Amber Bennett Bynum

Danielle Crain, Secretary
Baxter Sharp, Treasurer
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) non-profit 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