December 14, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS (December 14, 2016) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, sends a reminder that applications for the 2017 500 Festival Princess Program will close Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. The online application is available on the 500 Festival’s website.
“Participating in the 500 Festival Princess Program was a life-changing experience,” said Caitlyn Foye, the 2016 500 Festival Queen and a junior at Butler University majoring in Biology. “From the networking opportunities, to the leadership development program and the scholarship, the Princess Program has given me the tools necessary to make an impact within my community upon graduation.”
Since 1958, the 500 Festival Princess Program has celebrated Indiana’s up-and-coming, college-aged leaders.
Each year, 33 of Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women are selected to serve as 500 Festival Princesses. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. 500 Festival Princesses participate in personal and professional development initiatives that empower them to make a profound impact within their community and Indiana. Key components of the program include:
Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible in part by the 500 Festival Foundation and Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies. 500 Festival Princesses are also provided with once-in-a-life-time experiences, including involvement with the 500 Festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteering at 500 Festival events and participating in various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the Indianapolis 500.
The top 264 applicants will be interviewed by an independent panel of judges on Saturday, Jan. 21. The top 66 applicants will participate in a second round of interviews on Saturday, Feb. 4. The top 33 applicants will be selected to serve as 500 Festival Princesses. The 500 Festival Princess selection is based upon the following criteria: communication skills, commitment to service, leadership, scholarship, professionalism.
To be eligible to serve as a 500 Festival Princess, applicants must:
The online application is available HERE.
To learn more about the 500 Festival Princess Program and its rules and regulations, please visit: https://www.500festival.com/princessprogram.
Support of the 500 Festival Princess Program is provided by: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Reis Nichols, Vera Bradley, RaeLynn’s Boutique, The Sanctuary on Penn, the 500 Festival Foundation, and the BKD 500 Festival Leadership Development Program.
To learn more about 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit www.500festival.com.
About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.