The victory qualifies Ward for the Miss Alabama Pageant, scheduled for June 5-8.
The winner of the state title will represent Alabama and the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.
Originally from Rainsville, Ward lives in Tuscaloosa.
If Ward makes it all the way to Miss America, she will become the fourth Alabama titleholder to wear the national crown.
The previous three are Miss America 1951 Yolande Betbeze, Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone and Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs.
The pageant was held in Bama Theatre on the university campus.
She was crowned by Miss University of Alabama 2012 Caitlin Brunell.
She is founder of Caitlin’s Closet, which provides formal dresses for economically disadvantaged teens. It was founded in, and has outfitted more than 9,000 young women.
For more information about the Miss Alabama Pageant, visit its official website.