(Front & Centered) Lisa Ruffin, Actress/Pageant Founder surrounded by Little Miss African American Pageant contestants. – Photo Credit: Courtesy of: Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant

Lisa Ruffin, Founder/Producer of the 25thLittle Miss African American Scholarship Pageant, announces that applications are being accepted for the 2018 nationwide registration.  Only 50 young participants, between the ages of 6 and 12 years old for the pageant. The Pageant will be held in August.

The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant is an educational program. The girls learn to wear their “C.A.P.” which stands for Confidence, Awareness and Pride. Selected participants undertake a cultural enrichment program designed to promote teamwork, self-esteem, and heighten cultural awareness. They take classes in public speaking, science, technology and etiquette and are taught performances by award winning choreographers.  The young ladies make new friends and learn about their rich African American history.

“By fostering these universal attributes at such a tender age, our girls grow to be leaders in their communities and help to change the world.” Says Ruffin.
The pageant will award over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes this year.

Submit your application for participation at www.LittleMissAfricanAmerican.org

The last day to register is Sunday, June 3, 2018.

About Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant

For the past 24 years, dozens of girls between the ages of 6-12 years old have participated in this program, hundreds of scholarships have been awarded, and lasting memories have been created for these young Academic and intellectual princess.  While some of them come from strong supportive families, the majority of them come from under-served, single family homes.  The pageant provides an early introduction to the arts and training in public speaking, while promoting individual creativity and stimulating a heightened cultural understanding. For more information visit our website: www.littlemissafricanamerican.org

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About Lisa Ruffin Lisa Ruffin is a multi-talented performer and choreographer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she entered Carnegie Mellon University at age sixteen then went on to New York to complete her education at The Julliard School of Music. The first video she choreographed,“JoAnna” won an American Music Award. Her choreography credits include, UPN’s “Moesha”, and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Lisa is the youngest African American woman to choreograph a Broadway Stage production, “Up Close and Personal” at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre. Among many other achievements, she has also performed on Broadway, and had 2 Billboard Top 20 R&B hit record.

Her acting credits include, “Him and Us,” “Seth,”  “The Raven,” and her very memorable role as “Deena” on the long running soap “All My Children.” Lisa has made appearances on The David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live, and has graced the covers and interiors of respected magazines such as Essence, Ebony and Black Enterprise. She had numerous commercials, including her “Secret” commercial, directed by award winning director, Jessicia Yu. Lisa has been a national judge& Choreographer for the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition.

Lisa created an non-profit, educational program called Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant, for young girl’s 6-12 years.They are celebrating their 24thyear of teaching how to create beauty and be Presidents of everything.