Applications Now Available for the 2015 Rose Festival Court
Selected as the Best Community Outreach Program in 2014 by the International Festival & Events Association, the Rose Festival Court Program is now recruiting for the 101st Queen of Rosaria. (The Court is comprised of up to 15 outstanding young women chosen from Portland Metro-area high schools.)
The 2015 Court will be selected in March, go through orientation in April and travel in May (visiting community events, business leaders, hospitals, senior living centers, youth organizations, civic groups and more). Rose Festival Court selection signals the kick-off of the Rose Festival season. All court members receive a $3,500 scholarship provided by The Randall Group, valid for any accredited college, university or trade program.
To be eligible for the Rose Festival Court, candidates must:
- Be Female
- Attend a 4A, 5A or 6A high school in Multnomah, Washington or Clackamas counties
- Be a senior graduating in June 2015 or a junior on track to graduate in June 2016
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (applicants with GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 with exigent circumstances may still be eligible, complete the variance form included with application)
- Have a verifiable minimum of 20 hours community service performed during high school
- Submit a complete application by January 9, 2015
- Attend one mandatory orientation session in January 2015
- Participate in the Court Selection process
A Complete Application (DUE January 9, 2015) includes:
- Application Form (2 pages with signatures) – MUST BE TYPED
- Biography Form – MUST BE TYPED
- Recommendation Form (completed by a teacher, coach, school counselor, scholarship coordinator, Vice Principal or Principal)
- Official High School Transcript with Cumulative GPA – sealed
- Signed Court Rules and Guidelines
Rose Festival Court applicants must attend one judging day (on Saturday, February 14, 2015) at a designated location. Candidates need to memorize a speech on a designated topic and answer impromptu questions in an interview setting.
Applications must be postmarked by January 9, 2015 – OR hand-delivered to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation offices by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015. (Get the online application HERE.)
Each selected Court Member will be announced on the Announcement Day for her school. If the selected Court Member is unable to serve, there is no runner-up.
Judges evaluate candidates based on the following criteria:
- Character (50%): Demonstrates good citizenship, community-minded, involved in school and other activities, shows desires to help others.
- Communication Skills (25%): Good verbal skills, speaks clearly, expresses herself appropriately, creative speech content, correct grammar, good eye contact.
- Presence (25%): Poised under pressure, prepared for speech and interview, enthusiastic, sincere, comfortable with herself, appropriate grooming.
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.