The former first lady of Kentucky died after a long fight with a blood disorder.
"We need to show that Miss America can be a scientist and that a scientist can be Miss America," said Schrier, who's studying for a doctor of pharmacy degree.
For the first time in history, Black women now hold five of the biggest beauty pageant titles.
The magazine featured Cheslie Kryst, Kaliegh Garris and Nia Imani Franklin on its digital cover: "Welcome to the era where Black women reign supreme!”
New Miss USA Cheslie Kryst is a lawyer who does pro bono work with incarcerated people.
"My parents still talk about it, " the former "2 Broke Girls" star said.
“I just had this moment thinking, ‘How am I going to make this moment meaningful?’" Emily Sioma said.
"All these women onstage are more than just that," Miss America 2019 Nia Imani Franklin said after her win.
Emily Sioma won plenty of hearts with her activism, though New York's Nia Imani Franklin won the pageant.
HuffPost spoke with Gretchen Carlson and past winners about nixing the bikini competition and the future of the pageant during the Me Too era.