NINA DAVULURI was one of over 14,000 young women to vie for the coveted title of Miss America 2014 and its $50,000 scholarship award. A University of Michigan graduate, Nina achieved international acclaim in September of 2013 by becoming the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition, representing the state of New York.
Over the course of the Nina’s year of service as Miss America, she logged approximately 250,000 miles traveling across the country to address an array of audiences on her platform: “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” She has spoken with over twenty colleges and universities about Cultural Competency including: Yale, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Michigan. As part of her efforts to raise discourse on diversity, Nina also launched a social media campaign, Circles of Unity, to encourage constructive and civil dialogue. Through her social media channels, Nina asks people to share “representative thoughts and stories about their experiences on how we as a nation can advance cultural awareness.”
During her year, she also served as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization, visiting twelve CMN Hospitals across the country to interact with physicians, administration, patients and families.
Nina continues to advocate for STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In addition to her direct interaction with members of Congress and Senate, she has partnered with the Department of Education and worked alongside Secretary Arne Duncan to bring awareness to STEM-related fields.
Nina continues to promote her platforms and currently travels across the country working with various organizations, universities, and philanthropies that align closely with her platform and values.