Donna Bozarth is Chairman of the Board of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Inc, the not-for-profit “little sister” of the 90-year-old Miss America Organization. Her primary focus is overseeing the foundation which awards college scholarships to thousands of teens each year. Donna also serves on the US Dream Academy Board of Directors. She has been awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush in honor of her exceptional volunteer service.
Donna’s passion for young people began in her early 20’s when she was asked to teach an etiquette class to a group of young teen girls from a children’s village. It was through this experience that she realized how many teens have a distorted view of what it means to be a lady. So, for the past 40 years, she has mentored countless young women in developing self-esteem, humble confidence, and self-respect. She is currently writing a book about her experiences. As yet untitled, the book examines the effect of the absence of strong, respectful, female role models and why our children are struggling with “filtering out the bad stuff”.
As a life-long volunteer in her church and community, the leap to running a national non-profit which mentors teens seemed to be a logical step. In 2005, she was approached by the Miss America Organization to develop a teen scholarship program modeled after the Miss America program. After only 6 years, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen will this year make available over $4,000,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships to teens from every state, Washington DC, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. To date, scholarships have been paid to over 100 colleges and universities across the United States from Ivy League to technical to well-known performing arts schools.
Beginning in 1986, Donna’s desire to expand her education took her to Oxford and Cambridge where she was tutored by a contemporary of C. S. Lewis, studied British Literature and History, and Astronomy under Professor Antony Hewish, Nobel Prize winner in 1974 for the discovery of Pulsars.
The US Dream Academy motto,”A child with a dream is a child with a future”, describes Donna’s lifelong belief in the power of a dreamer. Her own dreams have taken her places she never imagined….which only strengthens her belief that it is the dreamer who helps others realize their own potential.
Currently residing in Orlando Florida, Donna and her husband Roger have two daughters, five grandchildren and a very lucky stray cat named Shadow.