Camille Schrier grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, eventually moving to Virginia to complete dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology with honors from Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.
A science lover for life, in June 2019 Camille was selected as Miss Virginia after breaking from tradition to perform a highly engaging, entertaining and educational science demonstration, the “catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide” for the onstage talent competition. Her unique performance put a laser focus on women in STEM and sparked an enormous positive reaction, leading to a personal protective equipment sponsorship and a new STEM scholarship from an American chemical company. Camille traveled throughout Virginia inspiring thousands of students and became a sought after keynote speaker in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
A national and international viral sensation, her story reached millions through The Today Show, Talk Stoop, CNN, BBC, The Kelly Clarkson Show, CBS This Morning, Inside Edition, The Weather Channel, Southern Living, Canada’s CTV, Germany’s RTL, and many more.
A certified Naloxone trainer and future Doctor of Pharmacy, Schrier utilizes her platform to advocate for promote her social impact initiative, Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics, with a strong focus on combating the opioid epidemic.
On December 19, 2019 competing live on NBC from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Camille was named Miss America 2020 from among 51 candidates, distinguishing herself in the 100 year history of the organization as the only woman to win the job with the help of science as her talent. Also of historic significance, she is the only Miss America to ever face the challenge of serving her role through a pandemic and be fully grounded for an extended period. Flexible, adaptable, creative and resilient, Camille travelled the country both physically and virtually, speaking about drug safety and abuse prevention, naloxone and the opioid epidemic, leadership, innovation, authenticity and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic disorder that she was diagnosed with at age 11. She secured partnerships with the DEA & CDC, brought science to thousands of students, and further carved her legacy as the first Miss America to speak in the United Nations General Assembly. Facing the pandemic using her pioneering mindset, Camille created an at home video studio which became the base for projects like “Cooking up Science with Miss America” with PBS VPM, and the “Mind Your Meds with Miss America” webinar series with Advanced Recovery Systems. She served as a virtual commencement speaker for her alma mater Virginia Tech, delivered dozens of keynote speeches personally and virtually for STEM, pharmacy, and business conferences, and “zoomed” with key experts in the areas of opioids and STEM as well as directly into science classrooms across the country to connect with thousands of children.
An avid outdoorswoman with a passion for all living creatures, she loves fishing, hiking, and walking her canine companion. She considers herself a foodie with an innate hunger for “experimenting” in her own kitchen since she was a young girl, and a craving to never miss an opportunity to experience local cuisine wherever her travels may take her.