OU’s Asian American Student Association released a trailer on social media for the 2021 Mr. & Miss Asian OU Scholarship Pageant this April. The trailer announced this year's event and revealed the seven contestants.
The OU Asian American Student Association puts on this annual event to award scholarships to leaders on campus who represent the Asian American community, according to a YouTube video from OUAASA.
“The goal of this competition is to give Asian American leaders on campus a platform to proudly share their culture,” said event chair Audrey Given in an email to The Daily.
The three men competing for Mr. Asian OU are Tommy Phan, a microbiology junior; Saad Anwar, a biochemistry freshman; and Andrew Hoang, an accounting and finance sophomore.
The four women competing for Miss Asian OU are Rena Sun, a biology sophomore; Lauren Nguyễn, a chemical biosciences junior; Dung Nguyễn, a chemical biosciences junior; and Aiman Saleemi, a biomedical engineering sophomore.
The categories for the competition are Native Wear, Talent, On-Stage Interview and Crowd Favorite. There will also be a category of social media contest and ticket and ad sales. Multiple scholarships will be given out — two for each of the following places, Given said.
First place will receive $500, and the runner up will receive $250. Winners of Best Interview and Best Talent will receive $200, and the winners of the Social Media category and Congeniality will receive $100.
Lastly, the winner of the Crowd Favorite category will be awarded however much money is raised from people voting on their favorite contestant.
Given said that the event is not only open to students but also the entire community and invites anyone who would like to come and watch the pageant.