Today, educational advancement, achievement, and public service continue to be the primary objectives for the Miss California Organization in the face of changing roles for women in American society. We are proud of the young women from our Organization who have excelled in their pursuit of earning a higher education.
Dr. Rita Ng
Miss California 2000
Rita completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a 3.99 GPA, earning a degree in Human Biology with Honors. She was awarded the Stanford Dinkelspiel Award, given to the top two outstanding graduating seniors.
Rita’s interest in international health began at Stanford where her thesis work focused on health care access in third world countries for which she was awarded the prestigious Firestone Medal given to the top undergraduate honors thesis and her research work has been published in multiple scientific journals. She earned her Medical Doctorate from the University of California at San Francisco Medical School, completed her Internal Medicine Residency at UCSF, and performed a cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
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Miss California 2013
In June 2013, Crystal Lee graduated with two degrees from Stanford University: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology and Master of Arts degree in Communication. She also was the recipient of the $5,000 Miss America foundation STEM scholarship.
This 22 year-old spent her year as Miss California traveling across the world as an advocate for education, public service, and her personal platform of encouraging women in STEM.