Men of D.I.S.T.I.N.C.,
Incorporated

Mr. DISTINC Scholarship Pageant

The mission of Men of D.I.S.T.I.N.C., Incorporated will be to build character, self-esteem, and virtue in the lives of males, particularly African-American males. While this is directly linked to the service of our community, it shall also be our personal goal to make positive strides toward the service of our local community, regional community, national community, and ultimately provide a world altering service to all humanity, with the assurance that a D.I.S.T.I.N.C. change has been made.

The Mr. D.I.S.T.I.N.C. Scholarship Pageant Program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young men to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. The program provides a forum for today's men to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments to audiences during the telecast and to the public-at-large during the ensuing year. 

 

Contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college or postgraduate degrees will utilize Mr. D.I.S.T.I.N.C. Scholarship Pageant scholarship grants to further their educations. Rich in history and social significance, the Mr. D.I.S.T.I.N.C. Scholarship Pageant Program is a not-for-profit entity, of Men of D.I.S.T.I.N.C., Incorporated, that strives to maintain a tradition of empowering men to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. 

 

Founded by Lifetime Members, Ramon Johnson and Rafael Foster, The Mr. D.I.S.T.I.N.C. Scholarship Program represents a gentleman who is confident, intelligent, honest, hardworking, and compassionate. He must possess excellent communication skills and strive to help others feel comfortable in their community. He is role model for others, self-motivated, and a gracious host and guest. The contestant chosen to wear the crown must be prompt to all scheduled appearances, meetings, and appointments. The titleholder may hold no other position on a local, regional or national level. 

 

He must exhibit courteous behavior and respect to all members of Men of D.I.S.T.I.N.C., Incorporated. In addition, he must maintain the level of dignity and decorum that the position represents. Because this is a scholarship program, the reigning titleholder must have educational goals. He must possess an eagerness to accept the responsibilities the position carries and to prioritize those responsibilities over other social functions. The titleholder must also be a young man who not only believes in themselves and their future but in the potential and future in others. 

All appearances are approved through the Mr. D.I.S.T.I.N.C. Scholarship Pageant committee and National Executive Board. While the events may be community based, the titleholder is encouraged to participate in events related to his platform. The runners-up to Mr. D.I.S.T.I.N.C. may also attend events in the organization throughout their year but must keep in contact with the Mr. D.I.S.T.I.N.C. Scholarship Pageant committee.

ENTRY ELIGIBILITY

 

Members of Men of D.I.S.T.I.N.C., Incorporated who meet the following requirements may enter into the pageant. 

 

  • The contestant is matriculating at a college, university, or military school approved by the Committee on Education and Ethical Practices as a student pursing work leading to an Associates/Bachelor’s degree. 

  • The contestant has completed at least 24 semester hours or 36-quarter hours at a college or university approved by the Committee on Education and Ethical Practices. 

  • The contestant has attained a minimum grade point average of 2.50 or above on a 4.0 scale 

  • The contestant must have a letter of recommendation from a Chapter President, Regional or National Officer. 

There are five categories that comprise the percentage-tally to select the finalists for Mr. D.I.S.T.I.N.C. Scholarship Pageant. All five categories are mandatory and have a different percentage factor at each phase of the competition. Preliminary competitions include: Interview, Community Platform, Sportswear/Swimwear, Talent, and Formalwear. The final category, On-Stage Question, only applies to the Top 4 Finalists. It carries a percentage amount combined with all other scored categories. 

THE INTERVIEW

The Interview consists of a ten-minute (10:00) private interview conducted by the judges with each contestant. The interview is designed to discover the contestant’s interests, opinions, aspirations, accomplishments, poise, presence, and his ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the title. Traditional standard for business interview attire is most appropriate; however, contemporary trends that maintain the standard of business- appropriate are acceptable. Each interview is formatted in four specific sections: 

 

  • Opening Statement (30 seconds or less) 

  • Business Interview Questions (approximately 7 minutes) 

  • Media/Press Round Robin (approximately 2 minutes) 

  • Closing Statement (30 seconds or less) 

  • The interview will give the judges insight into the contestant’s personality, the depth of knowledge about current events, the ability to handle difficult questions, and how well he is able to answer questions and validate his answers. The interview is structured in a manner to determine if he could be a well-rounded spokesperson for the national organization 

 

The Interview Scoring Criteria Includes:

 

  • The ability to express and distinguish his beliefs and opinions 

  • Ability to fulfill national titleholder job responsibilities 

  • Awareness of social issues and national concerns 

  • Confident and commanding presence 

  • Personality, appearance and attractiveness 

  • Exceptional communication skills, articulate speech, vocabulary, and grammar 

COMMUNITY PLATFORM

Community Platform consists of the combination of two components: Pre-pageant social media/community work, and the pageant presentation of information. Each contestant must select a platform issue/concept in which he cares deeply. The platform should be relevant to our country and usable by social media outlets to inform, encourage, and/or inspire others. The pre-pageant work will not be separately scored but factored into the presentation at the pageant. Contestants can use a wide range of tools to present their community work at the national pageant including but not limited to: multimedia presentation, posters, flyers, brochures, reports, website/online content, etc... Specific rules are submitted to each state titleholder once selected. 

 

Community Platform Scoring Criteria Includes: 

  • The depth of community work efforts and its effect on the community 

  • Personal platform knowledge, passion, understanding and commitment to purpose 

  • Use of social media to advance platform issue in society 

  • Organization, creativity, and effectiveness of presentation 

  • Exceptional communication skills, articulate speech, vocabulary, and grammar 

SPORTSWEAR/SWIMWEAR

 

Judges consider each contestant’s sense of confidence, attractiveness, and presence. It is important to remember that it is not about any particular body style, shape or frame. This category is more about how well he maintains good health, and his ability to represent the organization as a sportswear/swimwear model. Represent your School. Each contestant must bring it to the stage as a representation of their institution by being creative and thinking outside the box. 

 

Fitness/Swimwear Scoring Criteria Includes: 

  • Attractiveness and Presence– Can he be the face of the organization in the lifestyle industry? 

  • Lifestyle Statement of Strong Physical Health– Is the contestant toned, firm, and physically fit? 

  • Modeling Ability– Does he exhibit good posture? Does he walk with poise and confidence? 

  • Overall Presentation– Does he exhibit energy, charisma, self-composure, school spirit and an attractive expression? 

FORMAL WEAR

Formalwear reveals each contestant’s charm and poise to be considered The Organization’s Gentleman. Judges consider each contestant’s choice of attire, class, and presence while modeling. Formalwear presentation should project his attractiveness and composure. Formalwear choices must not be business attire; however, trendy selections of high-fashion formalwear are acceptable. Judges are not only scoring the wardrobe selection, but also the manner in which he carries himself as a professional model. Contestants should avoid unapproachable projections. His gentleman’s style and class will be considered far more than the apparel alone. 

 

Formalwear Scoring Criteria Includes: 

  • Sense of Confidence and Poise– Is he immediately recognizable as a gentleman? 

  • Stage Presence– Does he command the stage? Is his handsome presence genuinely felt? 

  • Modeling Ability– Does he exhibit good posture? Does he walk with poise and confidence? 

  • Complimentary Wardrobe– Is his formalwear selection complimentary to his natural appeal?

  • Overall Presentation– Does he exhibit energy, charisma, self-composure, and an attractive expression? 

TALENT

 

Talent consists of a two minutes and thirty seconds (2:30) performance. Judges are looking for contestants with proficient training and presentational performance skills. The talent category judges the quality of the performance, technical skill level, stage presence and the interest and entertainment value. 

 

Talent Scoring Criteria Includes: 

  • Selection and Performance– Does the talent distinguish his personality and skill, discipline and work ethic? 

  • Interpretive Ability/Technical Skill Level– How well does he execute his talent? How good is his technique, projection/placement, and control? 

  • Showmanship & Personality– Does he exhibit stage presence? 

  • Costume, Props, Music, Voice, Use of the Body and Choreography– Does the totality of all elements involved accomplish the overall goal of the performance? 

  • Entertainment Value– Was the performance entertaining and enjoyable? Would an audience wish to see the performance again? 

ON-STAGE QUESTION

 

On-Stage Question demonstrates each contestant’s ability to respond to a question in front of a live audience. Judges are listening for each contestant’s capability to express his opinion while answering the question in the context of which it was asked. Contestants are allowed forty-five seconds (0:45) to answer an on-stage question that could include but not be limited to subjects such as: current events, social issues, morals and values, etc... Judges are not only scoring each contestant’s response on its sensibility, but also on how well he validated his opinion. 

 

On-Stage Question Scoring Criteria Includes: 

  • Does the contestant possess the charisma and stage presence to be a spokesman/ambassador for the national organization? 

  • Did the contestant answer the question in the context in which it was asked? 

  • Did the contestant display a commanding presence? 

  • Is the contestant able to handle the pressure of being questioned and responding in front of an audience? 

  • Did he make the audience want to listen to him? 

  • Will his peers view him as a role model who is reflective of today’s generation? 

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