Become a Contestant
Interested in becoming a contestant? Read the following requirements and information and then download the application, fill out, and mail to:
The Ms. Wheelchair Texas Foundation
Attn: Shamus Donahoe
- Be between the ages of 21 and 60
- Utilize a wheelchair for 100% of your daily mobility
- Have resided in the state of Texas in the six months prior to the pageant
- Serve as the state titleholder at the annual Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant
- Fill out the application
- Locate sponsors for $500 entry fee
The entry fee goes towards the expenses of the four-day pageant: hotel rooms, meals for you and a companion and tickets to the crowning ceremony.
The winner receives their crown and sash, entry fees for the national pageant, and a prize package including jewelry, luggage, and much more.
The reigning Ms. Wheelchair Texas is expected to make at least one public appearance a month and is asked to visit all of the major cities in Texas. Events that she attends could be activities and conferences within the disability community, meetings with state and local officials, school visits, and other mainstreamed outreach opportunities across state. Ms. Wheelchair Texas will attend the week long national pageant held annually at the end of July. She will participate in fundraising efforts to support her reign, report her activities to the board of directors, and be willing to participate in any media interviews.
Along with the review of their applications and accomplishments since the onsets of their disabilities, the contestants will be judged in three official judging sessions:
- Onstage Interview
- Onstage platform speech
Each contestant will select some sort of disability of issue that they feel strongly about to support during their reign. Their onstage speech should briefly tell about themselves, discuss what their platform is, and how they plan to share their platform with the community if crowned Ms. Wheelchair Texas. Platform speeches are delivered the night of the crowning ceremony and are timed between 2 and 2 ½ minutes.
Download your application here.