Fishers’ Natalie Murdock Named 2018 500 Festival Queen Scholar

Fishers’ Natalie Murdock Named 2018 500 Festival Queen Scholar

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2018) – The 500 Festival announced today that Natalie Murdock of Fishers has been named the 2018 500 Festival Queen Scholar. The announcement was made at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. Murdock is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is one of 33 young women who were selected for the 2018 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols where they serve as ambassadors for the 500 Festival. Murdock is a graduate of University High School of Indiana and is the daughter of Anthony and Latrece Murdock.

The 500 Festival Queen Scholar and Princesses are involved with the 500 Festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteer at 500 Festival events and participate in various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. In addition, each 500 Festival Princess receives a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies, and the 500 Festival Foundation.

As 500 Festival Queen Scholar, Murdock is the recipient of an additional $1,553 educational scholarship from Fifth Third Bank. In addition, she will wear the one-of-a-kind 500 Festival Queen’s crown at 500 Festival events and the Indianapolis 500. She will participate in a variety of appearances throughout the week and participate in the Indianapolis 500 pre-race and Victory Circle celebrations. She will continue to represent the 500 Festival at various functions throughout the year.

The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols, has a long history of celebrating Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven college-aged women. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership, networking and professional development. The 500 Festival Princesses will participate in the 500 Festival Leadership Development Program, presented by BKD, which empowers participants to make a profound impact within their community and Indiana.

The 2018 500 Festival Princesses represent 14 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.72, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based on communication skills, academic performance and community involvement.

Support of the 500 Festival Princess Program is provided by: Reis-Nichols, BKD, Nicole Bryan Salon, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Vera Bradley, and the 500 Festival Foundation.

To learn more about the 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols Jewelers, please visit or search #PrincessProgram on social media.


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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, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.