It’s Time To Apply To Be A Princess!
After successfully unveiling an expanded Court program in 2009, the Portland Rose Festival has begun recruiting applicants for the 2010 Rose Festival Court presented by Pacific Power. Applications are now available on the Rose Festival website. The DEADLINE for submitting applications is December 18, 2009.
The internationally recognized scholarship program opened its enrollment to an additional 28 area schools in 2009, adding its first-ever ‘Metro’ position to the court. Tigard High School’s Breanna Burnett was the princess selected from outside the traditional Portland area. And for the first time high school juniors were invited to apply, resulting in Rachel Seeman, a junior from Grant High School, becoming the 2010 Rose Festival Queen.
“We were pleased to expand the Court this past year,” said Robert Hansen, Rose Festival President. “It gave many more young women the opportunity to participate in the selection process, and it was a great example of our 2009 Rose Festival theme, ‘Bridging Communities.’ While many people are not thinking about the Rose Festival this time of year, our team of dedicated volunteers is well along in planning for our popular events and programs, like the Rose Festival Court. And we want to be sure the hundreds of eligible young women don’t miss their chance to have the amazing experience of serving on the Court.”
Candidates for the Court must be enrolled in a 5A or 6A school in the tri-county area (list attached), have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and meet a minimum number of hours of community service. Candidates can be either juniors or seniors. Each princess will receive a $3,500 scholarship provided by The Randall Group. Applications can be downloaded from the Rose Festival website, rosefestival.org, by clicking on the court page and following the appropriate link. Applications are due by mail on December 18, 2009.
The selection of Rose Festival princesses from local high schools has been a Rose Festival tradition since 1930. The mission of the Rose Festival Court program is to provide scholarships for higher education, to promote community outreach and volunteerism, to offer networking and mentoring opportunities to outstanding young women in a program that perpetuates an appreciation for Rose Festival history and tradition.
Members of the 2010 Rose Festival Court will be announced in March of 2010. The Rose Festival begins on Friday, May 28, with the official Opening Celebration and Fireworks at Waterfront Village. The theme of the 2010 festival is ‘Rose Spirit.’
42 schools are eligible to participate in the Rose Festival Court program:
Portland Area Schools