Yarelis Y. Salgado, a 20 year old from Rio Grande, was chosen as the new Miss Puerto Rico. Moments after being selected, Salgado shared her excitement about winning the Miss Puerto Rico title. “I am already looking forward to my duties this year, traveling, meeting new people and getting the word out about my platform, which is “Giving a Smile to a Child with Cancer,” said Salgado. As Miss Puerto Rico, Salgado receives a total of $5,000 in scholarship and the opportunity to compete for even more scholarship dollars as she seeks the Miss America title in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 14, 2014. Currently a student at the University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon Campus, Salgado is majoring in Biology and hopes to pursue a career as pediatric oncologist. During her year as Miss Puerto Rico, Salgado will travel throughout the island advocating her platform issue. “
As a future medical student, I understand the complications of cancer and have spent countless hours as a volunteer for various organizations, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Puerto Rico. I have spent time sharing, caring and comforting phenomenal children and their parents; as well as created, developed and participated in toy drives, marathons and fundraisers,” said Salgado. She will talk to various government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large, urging them to get involved in the fight for cancer. Giancarla Sambo, president of the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization commented on the new Miss Puerto Rico. “Yarelis embodies qualities a role model for young women and girls should have,” said Sambo. “She’s talented, ambitious and accomplished. We are excited about working with her this year.”
A number of other contestants received awards during the Miss Puerto Rico competition, including: Miss Bayamon, Stephanie Ramos who placed as 1stRunner-Up and won the Community Service Scholarship Award; Miss Guaynabo, Rubhi Garcia who placed 2nd Runner-Up; Miss Interameican University of San German, Beverly Alvarez who placed 3rd Runner-Up and was chosen as Miss Congeniality; and Miss Toa Alta Yelienid Cintron who placed 4thRunner-Up and won the International Air & Hospitality Academy Scholarship Award. Salgado also won the Scholar Award Scholarship. The Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization provides opportunities for young women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions. Contestants also participate in community service activities and develop leadership skills that help them excel in their chosen career and life goals. The Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization is a not-for-profit affiliate of the Miss America Organization. Winners of the annual Miss Puerto Rico Competition are eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition, held every year in Atlantic City in September.
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Each year, the Miss America Organization makes available more than $45 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance. Based in Linwood, New Jersey, the Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community-based programs. On an annual basis, Miss America state and local titleholders, along with the Organization’s network of volunteers, participate in more than 12,000 community-service projects, providing in excess of 500,000 service hours to worthy causes. For more information about the Miss America Organization please visit www.missamerica.org. For more information about the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization please visit www.missPR.org