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Earn title of Ms. Wheelchair MN

Applications are being accepted for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota, USA (MWUSA). The winner will represent Minnesota in July, competing against 50 other state representatives for the national title of Ms. Wheelchair USA. The Ms. Wheelchair USA program is dedicated to celebrating the abilities and successful accomplishments of women with disabilities.

This year, one representative will be selected from each state, based on the judging of their official state representative application package. Judging of the official contestant application, contestant platform statement, two recommendation letters, and an overall impression score will result in the state titleholder selections.

To qualify, contestants must be women ages 18 and older by July 30, 2010. There is no age limit. Contestants must utilize a wheelchair as their main source of mobility. However, this program does not exclude women who may be able to use their legs.

Contestants must be residents or students in Minnesota for at least two months; may be married, single or divorced; may have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren or no children.

The winner of the Ms. Minnesota title will receive an official MWUSA crown, banner and qualify for the live competition and show in July in Ohio, which will be nationally televised.

The state competition fee is $250. Contestants may pay the fee themselves, get donations from family and friends or obtain sponsorships. All supporters will be acknowledged in the national program book. The fee is to be submitted with the application package. Deadline to enter is March 25.

Interested contestants can request an application package by visiting the website or by calling the MWUSA office at (330) 612-5242 or Fine Productions at (330) 603-1201.