‘Tween USA’ is an educational program established by the W OC Cultural Foundation, Inc. (WOCCF). The purpose of the program is to provide a supportive and congenial environment for self awareness, personal growth, and respect for others from diverse backgrounds. The program helps to nurture and build positive scholastic achievement, creativity, healthy living, community involvement, life skills, self confidence, poise, and effective communication skills. The program also provides financial assistance for middle school education.


Boys and girls currently enrolled in middle school may compete for scholarship money. Participants of this program must live or attend school in the Florida First Coast area (e.g., Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties). Completed Application and one letter of recommendation should be mailed before November 20, 2020. Orientation with parents and participants is req uired on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 6:30 –  7:30 p.m. at WJCT Public Broadcasting, 100 Festival Park Avenue, Jacksonville FL 32202 (next to Metro Park, across
from the TIAA Stadium) in downtown Jacksonville.


The following scholarships are awarded: 

Mr. or Miss ‘Tween USA’ – $500*
Second Place Winner – $250*
Third Place Winner – $100*
Certificate of Participation will be given to each participant.

Mr. or Miss Tween USA must attend at least one selected Cultural Foundation function during their reign.


The program is open to young men and women who meet the criteria set forth in the following Requirements, Rules, and
Each participant must:

  • Be a legal resident of the United States or a U.S. citizen.
  • Maintain good standing with academic institution and provide one letter of recommendation with the completed application.
  • Be able to fulfill the time commitment and responsibilities of the scholarship program.
  • Attend the orientation and workshops. Workshops are held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. unless other wise stated. Participants are to be picked up by 2:15 p.m.
  • Be respectful to fellow participants, guest presenters, program administrators and staff.
  • Agree that all decisions of judges are final, irrevocable and binding.
  • Sign application authorizing the Cultural Foundation the right to use student’s name and photograph for publicity purposes.
  • Agree that the Cultural Foundation reserves the right to change date and/or location of the program.
  • Participant is responsible for their own wardrobe.
  • Be responsible for a minimum of a one-page ad in the souvenir program book and five event passes.
  • Show sportsmanlike behavior (i.e., no teasing, no disrespectfulness, etc.). Any participant and/or family member showing less than sportsmanlike behavior will lead to disqualification of the participant. No awards will be given under these circumstances. 

Please contact the WOC Cultural Foundation (904) 554-4854 or (904) 576-1611 or (912) 322-6644 should you have any questions.