PanHellenic Scholarship Gala MC is Miss America Betty Cantrell

Greek-American Miss American Betty Cantrell PHSF
PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Awards Ceremony & Gala 2017 will feature Miss America 2016, Greek-American Betty Cantrell as MC. Meet her!

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Greek-American Miss America Betty Cantrell to MC PHSF Gala

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is thrilled to welcome Miss America 2016, Greek-American Betty Cantrell, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies at the annual Awards Ceremony and Gala on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Chicago.

At the gala, scholarship awards will be presented to 40 outstanding recipients. The Paradigm Award will be given to Greek-American Businessman and Philanthropist John Pappajohn.

Betty is looking forward to participating in the Foundation’s gala as Mistress of Ceremonies.

“I was so honored to receive the invitation to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for something so important and close to my heart. Being a Greek Orthodox Christian in Macon is difficult because there is such a small population, so I am always so excited to support other blossoming Greek youth whenever I can! One of the main reasons I competed in the Miss America Organization is because of the amazing scholarship opportunities and the opportunity to be a good role model for young people everywhere. Therefore, I am so excited to participate in an event that rewards hard-working, Greek-American students with scholarships to further their education. I also can’t wait to visit Chicago!”


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Meet Betty Cantrell

Born Baciliky Andris “Betty” Cantrell, this American beauty pageant titleholder grew up in a Greek family in Warner Robins, Georgia. Of Greek and German descent, Betty was named after her Greek grandmother, with the name Baciliky (Βασιλική, Vasiliki). She attended Wesleyan College for her freshman year and then transferred to Mercer University, where she studies vocal performance.
Greek-American Miss American Betty Cantrell PHSF
2016 Miss America, Greek-American Betty Cantrell is the Mistress of Ceremonies for the PanHellenic Scholarship Awards Ceremony & Gala, June 17, 2017 in Chicago. IMAGE: PHSF

Betty entered her first pageant in late 2013. In February 2014, Cantrell won the Miss Presidential Pathways 2014 title. She was one of 38 qualifiers who competed in the 2014 Miss Georgia pageant, and was named 2nd runner-up for the 2014 state title. Betty entered the Miss Georgia pageant once again in 2015, and won the competition — earning more than $15,000 in scholarship money. She also received scholarship awards for winning the talent, evening wear, and on-stage question portions of the competition.

As Miss Georgia, her activities included public appearances across the state of Georgia. Betty was Georgia’s representative at the Miss America 2016 competition held in Atlantic City, NJ, in September 2015. Her platform was “Healthy Children, Strong America”, reflection of growing up on a farm in Georgia, and of her parents who are physical therapists.


Miss America 2016

On September 13, 2015, Betty was crowned Miss America 2016. Along with the title of Miss America, came a $50,000 scholarship. She is only the second Miss Georgia to win the Miss America title, and the first Greek-American.

As Miss America, Betty served as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Additionally, she appeared as a presenter at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, the American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, and the Billboard Awards.

After passing on her crown at the 2017 Miss America pageant, Betty announced via social media, that she was engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Spencer Maxwell, and the pair are moving to Nashville, Tennessee for Cantrell to pursue a country music career.


Awards Ceremony & Gala 2017

Join us to celebrate the outstanding 2016-17 scholarship recipients and meet Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, at the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation’s Awards Ceremony and Gala, on June 17, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago.  Buy tickets here, and purchase a raffle ticket — an investment in the education of an exceptional Greek-American college student — and get a chance to win $10,000!

Connect with PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation: website, Facebook, Twitter, or call 312.357.6432

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