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Rose Festival Court Brings Out New Glass Slipper

Portland’s most exclusive girls club is opening enrollment for 2009 by adding an extra chair to the Court’s table. In the most significant upgrade in its 78-year history, the international awarding-winning Portland Rose Festival high school scholarship program is inviting eligible girls from an additional 28 area schools to apply for a fifteenth (Metro) position on the court.

Recommended in the Rose Festival Court Task Force report, the changes recognize the tremendous contributions and participation that regional schools have made over the years to the Rose Festival. The Court Task Force, chaired by Leslie Goodlow-Baldwin and Diane Deardorff, met from August 2007 to January 2008 with community members, school representatives and the extended Rose Festival Family to review the court program.

“This is really a reflection on the broad reach of the Rose Festival,” says Leslie Goodlow-Baldwin, 2009 Court Chair. “For many years these schools have supported the festival by marching in our parades and playing at the Waterfront Village. It is time they had the chance to be represented on the court as well.”

Also new this year, eligible princesses can be either juniors or seniors. Each must be enrolled in a 5A or 6A level school (see list), carry a 3.0 grade point average, and meet a minimum number of hours of verifiable community service. The Task Force also recommended taking the organizational burden off school administrators by having the girls apply directly to the Rose Festival.

Interested students can check the FAQ and download the application here at the website. Applications are due by January 9, 2009.

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The mission of the Rose Festival Court program is to provide scholarships for higher education, to promote community outreach and volunteerism and to offer networking and mentoring opportunities to outstanding young women in a program that perpetuates an appreciation for Rose Festival history and tradition.

Following are the 28 schools (in addition to the regular 14), making 42 total schools now eligible to participate in the Rose Festival Court program.

Clackamas County
Canby
Lake Oswego
Lakeridge
Milwaukie
North Clackamas
Oregon City
Rex Putnam
Sandy
West Linn
Wilsonville

Multnomah County
Centennial
Gresham
Reynolds
Sam Barlow

Washington County
Aloha
Beaverton
Century
Forest Grove
Glencoe
Hillsboro
Liberty
Sherwood
Southridge
Sunset
Tigard
Tualatin
Westview
Jesuit

Traditional Rose Festival Portland Area Schools
Benson
Central Catholic
Cleveland
David Douglas
Franklin
Grant
Jefferson
Lincoln
Madison
Marshal
Parkrose
Roosevelt
St. Mary’s
Wilson