It’s been a 75-year-long custom, the Queen Scheherazade pageant. For the first time this 12 months because of the pandemic resulting in the cancelation of the Riverside County Honest and Nationwide Date Competition, there will likely be no queen or princesses topped.

Information Channel 3’s Caitlin Thropay spoke with final 12 months’s pageant winners who shared how this scholarship pageant impacted their lives.

“Many individuals assume possibly it’s magnificence however no it’s actually scholarships,” 2020 Queen Scheherazade Kayley Serrano informed Information Channel 3.

The Queen Scheherazade pageant began in 1947 as a magnificence pageant and stepping stone to changing into Miss. California. Over the years, it reworked right into a scholarship pageant. The queen receives $3,500 and the princesses get $3,000 every in scholarship cash.

“I straight put it in direction of my tuition for the faculty I’m going to,” 2020 Princess Jasmine Analise Ortega stated. “I’m going to the College of San Diego,” she added.

“The scholarship cash helped me get the textbooks I wanted, it helped me get the laptop computer I wanted. It additionally even helped me with lease cash,” Serrano stated.

“Simply understanding I had cash to place in direction of my tuition for training was simply actually relieving so it helped loads,” Ortega added. “I really can repay one in all my loans proper off the bat,” she stated.

However this 12 months, for the first in 75 years there was no pageant.

“Realizing the truth that that chance has been robbed by tons of of women all through Riverside County, it’s actually heartbreaking particularly understanding how useful it was for me,” Serrano stated.

Serrano was final 12 months’s queen and was trying ahead to the 2021 Queen Scheherazade pageant.

“I used to be trying ahead to crowning the following ladies and getting to satisfy them and attending to see the sort of wonderful women that we actually have her win Riverside County and the Coachella Valley in normal,” Serrano stated.

As queen and princesses, their primary job is to advertise the date competition however with no competition to advertise this 12 months, there was no want for the pageant to happen.

Veronica Casper the county honest supervisor gave us this assertion:

“Final summer time we made a really tough resolution in canceling the 2021 Riverside County Honest & Nationwide Date Competition.  Together with it got here the choice to cancel the Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant as effectively.  The Queen and her court docket are topped on the pageant in November and act as goodwill ambassadors main as much as, and through, the Honest in February.  They participate in quite a few metropolis council conferences and occasions in the county main as much as the Honest.  We hope to proceed this essential annual custom, however as of proper now a call hasn’t been made as to when it should happen.”

Casper stated there are nonetheless some scholarship alternatives obtainable by means of the Riverside County Honest and Nationwide Date Competition. The deadline to obtain a livestock youngsters scholarship is February 26. Go to https://www.datefest.org/Scholarships to submit your utility.

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