The Miss Texas competition was discovered in 1937 as a scholarship contest for young ladies. The winner epitomizes Texas in the Miss America pageant; three winners have gone on to be crowned Miss America. To become Miss Texas, a contestant must initially win a local competition. A young woman may take part and accept the challenge at the local and state level more than once, but may only accept the challenge in the national Miss America competition one time. Hundreds of women take part each year in the local contests, farthest in the choice of local finalists who approach for the Miss Texas title each July. The state pageant was taken place in Fort Worth for 36 years before relocating to the University of Texas at Arlington's Texas Hall in 2009. In 2012, the pageant shifted to the Allen Event Center in suburban Collin County. In 2014 the Miss Texas pageant started being held at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas.