ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A former Miss America pageant winner has scored another honor.

The Miss America Foundation announced Monday that Katie Harman Ebner has been named the inaugural recipient of its new Former Miss America Discretionary Scholarship.

The scholarship was established to help former pageant winners who still need financial assistance in completing their education after their 10-year scholarship window expires.

Ebner was Miss America 2002. She will receive up to $10,000 in scholarship assistance to continue her studies at Southern Oregon University’s renowned Oregon Center for the Arts.

The discretionary awards are approved and allocated by the foundation’s scholarship committee.

The next Miss America will be crowned Sept. 11 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.