Miss San Luis Obispo County Scholarship Association Receives 501(c)(3) Non Profit Status

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, November 20, 2017:  The Miss San Luis Obispo County Scholarship Association is pleased to announce its new status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This status, granted by the Internal Revenue Service, will allow the organization to accept tax-deductible contributions that will further its mission of providing scholarship awards to San Luis Obispo County ladies ages 13-25.

“Receiving 501(c)(3) nonprofit status is a huge step forward for our committee,” said Ruth Wickham, executive director of the Miss San Luis Obispo County Scholarship Association.  “This status will not only allow us to seek tax-deductible contributions to grow our scholarship fund, but allow us to seek out grants that may help us in our long-term goal of providing $20,000 in scholarship assistance annually to the students of San Luis Obispo County.”

The first Miss San Luis Obispo County selected under the governance of MSLOCSA will receive a minimum $1,000 college scholarship, with $500 going to Miss San Luis Obispo County’s Outstanding Teen.  Additional scholarship awards will be awarded to each contestant that participates in the contest.  At the Miss California competition, Miss San Luis Obispo County will earn another $750 scholarship (minimum). The organization has set a goal of awarding a total of $5,000 to participants in its first year.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Miss San Luis Obispo County scholarship fund by visiting misssanluisobispo.org or emailing executive director Ruth Wickham at hello@misssanluisobispo.org. Miss San Luis Obispo County and Miss San Luis Obispo County’s Outstanding Teen will be selected on Saturday, February 3 at Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre.

About the Miss San Luis Obispo County Scholarship Association

An all-volunteer, nonprofit organization (Tax ID Number 82-3175786), the Miss San Luis Obispo County Scholarship Association strives to provide scholarship money, professional development and community service opportunities to the young women of San Luis Obispo County.  A partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, contestants raise important funds to help support treatment for sick children.  For more information please visit www.misssanluisobispo.org.

A Healthy, Hearty Fall Breakfast with Nicole Renard, Miss Washington

Editor's note- before Nicole won the title of Miss Washington in her home state, she served her college community as Miss City of Orange! 

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Something about the cold weather and the leaves changing makes me want to roast up some cinnamon apples and throw pumpkin in every single meal I make.

Luckily, pumpkin, cinnamon AND apples are healthy for you so load up your bowl and cozy on up to the fireplace. Fun little fact about cinnamon: Cinnamon actually helps you digest carbs better so I always throw some in with my oats whenever I’m making oatmeal.

In Washington we are known for our apples and around this time of year they are so crisp and juicy and perfect for a snack. My favorite is Honey Crisp and I chunk them up, coat them in brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg then sauté them in coconut oil making the most scrumptious oatmeal topping, yogurt add in or sometimes I just eat them plain with some Almond Butter! This time I threw them in my oatmeal to give it the sweetness it needed.

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I’ve had this recipe on repeat all month because it’s so simple, takes less than 5 minutes and so incredibly delicious. It also makes for a super cute Instagram photo and lets be honest, we all want that photo for the grid right?!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oats!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup GF or regular oats
  • 1/2 cup Silk Cashew Milk (or almond or regular)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin Puree
  • couple shakes of cinnamon
  • little dash of chia seeds (optional, but why not?!)
  • 1/2 honey crisp apple
  • 1 heaping scoop of Crazy Richard’s Chunky Peanut Butter (THE BEST EVA)
  • an iPhone or other mobile device for taking pics (don’t forget to tag me;)

Directions:

1.     Combine oats, milk and pumpkin in a mug or bowl and microwave for 1.5-2 minutes.

2.     Stir in cinnamon and chia seeds.

3.     Top with chopped apple and one blob of Crazy Richard’s Chunky Peanut Butter

4.     Take a beautiful pic of it with your phone and tag me on instagram using #DoStuff!

5.     ENJOY!!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you do, let me know!! I have tons of other yummy pumpkin recipes on my #DoStuff blog www.dostuffblog.wordpress.com so check it out if you have a second and subscribe so you can get recipes and inspiration right in your inbox!

5 Questions with Miss California, Jillian Smith

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Your cousins have all participated in the Miss America Organization- what specifically made you want to do it?

When I was five years old, I was at Miss California watching my oldest cousin compete. This was in 2000. During the competition, I fell in love with one of the contestants when she played the piano for her talent. Right then and there I decided I wanted to play piano and be just like her. Later that night, she was crowned Miss California 2000. So naturally, I decided I wanted to be Miss California someday. 

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Best part of your competition years?

I don't think I have one specific part of competition that has happened to me in my nine years of competing. In all honesty, I would say the best thing that I could have ever gotten through competing (besides winning Miss California, of course), is all the times I lost. I've always said you learn a lot more by losing than you so by winning. I think by being able to recognize that as I've grown up competing in this organization is one of the best things I have gained. I've learned to take every loss and frustration that comes with it as motivation to don better the next time, and I think that's something that will benefit me for the rest of my life. 


Catch us up on a day in the life of Miss California

Everyday is different. Today, I spent the entire day at a middle school talking to the girls about the organization and about dude. be nice. I was there from 9-2:30 and spoke to every single female student, which was awesome. However, tomorrow I don't have anything scheduled, so I am making myself busy pursuing other possible appearances. Some days my schedule is packed, some days it's packed with me reaching out to different schools. But I always make sure that I'm doing my best to be as busy as I can, and be the best Miss California that I can. 

What are you most looking forward to in the next nine months of your reign?

One of the things that I said before I won is that if I ever did win, I wanted to go to as many local competitions as I possibly could. While I obviously want to meet the girls who are winning and will be competing at Miss California this summer, I also want to meet the girls who are trying over and over again just to get to the Miss California stage. I know more than anyone how hard the process can be, and I want to be there to remind the girls that if I can do it, literally anyone can. 
 

What would you say to someone on the fence about competing?

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I would tell them to take the leap. It's always scary the first time you decide to do something you've never done before, but I can honestly say that I wouldn't be the person I am today without this organization. I have made some of my best friends in this organization, and I've gained skills that will help me for the rest of my life. There's a reason girls come back year after year. It is such a positive experience and I think anyone who is on the fence just needs to give it a try.