Application Process Opens for the 2016 500 Festival Princess Program

Application Process Opens for the 2016 500 Festival Princess Program

Wed, 2015-08-26 08:30

500 Festival Princess Program celebrates Indiana’s next generation of female leaders


INDIANAPOLIS (August 26, 2015) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announced it is accepting applications for its 2016 Princess Program. Since 1959, the 500 Festival Princess Program has celebrated Indiana’s up-and-coming, college-aged leaders. The online application is available on the 500 Festival’s website and the deadline for online applications is Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.

Each year, 33 of Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women are selected to serve as a 500 Festival Princess. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. 500 Festival Princesses will participate in the program’s personal and professional development initiative, which empowers participants to make a profound impact within their community and Indiana. Key components of program include:


  • Discussions and learning opportunities, led by business and community leaders, on topics including: goal setting, office etiquette, networking, personal branding, budgeting, resume and interview best practices
  • Professional evaluations and personality assessments
  • Networking and professional development events with 500 Festival Princess alumnae, members of the 500 Festival board of directors, community and business leaders

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 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The online application deadline for the 2015 500 Festival Princess Program is Jan. 8, 2016. All applicants will be interviewed by an independent panel of judges on Saturday, Jan. 23. The top 66 applicants will participate in a second round of interviews on Saturday, Jan. 30. The top 33 applicants will be selected to serve as 500 Festival Princesses. 500 Festival Princess selection is based upon the following categories: communication skills, commitment to service, leadership, scholarship, professionalism. 

To be eligible to serve as a 500 Festival Princess, applicants must:

  • Claim legal residence in Indiana
  • Currently be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college or university located in Indiana; taking a minimum of 12 academic hours for undergraduate studies or a minimum of nine academic hours for graduate studies
  • Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be actively involved in at least one extra-curricular activity
  • Be the age of 18 by January 1, 2016, but no older than 23 by May 31, 2016
  • Be single, never married and with no children

The online application is available HERE. To learn more about the 500 Festival Princess Program and its rules and regulations, please visit:

G.Thrapp Jewelers is a proud sponsor of the 500 Festival Princess Program. Additional support of the program is provided by: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Vera Bradley, The Sanctuary on Penn, retro 101, Macy’s, and the 500 Festival Foundation. 

To learn more about 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit

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 $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.


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