YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — Miss Pennslyvania is headed for the Miss America title. But, before she takes off for this new journey, the community came together for a proper sendoff.

26-year-old Meghan Sinisi says she’s excited to compete in the 100th anniversary of the Miss America Competition Thursday night. The Altoona native hopes to inspire autism appreciation through her non-profit. Sinisi says she couldn’t have gotten this far without the support of the community.

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“It’s amazing to see how many people have been along this journey either from the begging or just hopped in along the way and have made a difference in my life. I want to return that all to them and give them thanks today as we celebrate my journey as well” Sinisi said.

Sinisi won the $10,000 “Women in Business” Scholarship on Wednesday, Dec. 15, as the overall finalist. She was named a finalist based on her application for the scholarship and was selected following her onstage interview in front of a panel of judges from the Miss America Foundation.

The last Miss Pa. in the Miss America contest hasn’t been crowned in nearly 70 years. Sinisi will compete on the Miss America stage Thursday night, Dec. 16, at the Mohegan Sun Resort Arena at 8 p.m. For more information on how to watch, click here.