SPARTANBURG - The Miss South Carolina pageant is under review after former contestants claimed they did not receive their scholarship winnings.
Secretary of State Mark Hammond said his office, which regulates nonprofits, is examining the pageant's annual reports after receiving complaints earlier this year. He did not know how long the review would take.
The Miss South Carolina Organization's Web site says the nonprofit awards more than $6.8 million yearly in cash and tuition scholarships.
Gail Sanders, comptroller for the nonprofit, said all contestants sign off on disbursement rules and are told several times how scholarships are awarded.
"That's what we're all about, is empowering women and awarding scholarships," she said.
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