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Thank you for your interest in the
Rose Festival Court Scholarship Program!

Below you’ll find information on the eligibility requirements to apply to be a Rose Festival Princess, as well as an outline of the application and selection process.

The application process for the 2014 Portland Rose Festival Court is now closed. Check back later in the year to apply for the 2015 Court.

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 2014 or a junior on track to graduate in June 2015
  • 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 this application)
  • Have a verifiable minimum of 20 hours community service performed during high school
  • Submit a complete application by January 8, 2014 (see below)
  • Attend one mandatory orientation session in January 2014 (see below)
  • Participate in the Court Selection process (see below)

A Complete Application (DUE January 8, 2014) 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

Applications must be postmarked by January 8, 2014, or hand-delivered to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation offices by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Please address to:
Portland Rose Festival Foundation
ATTN: Special Events Manager
1020 SW Naito Parkway
Portland OR 97204

Applications must be typed (as indicated above) using 10 pt or larger font and must have original signatures where required. No additional documents will be considered. Faxed or incomplete applications are not accepted. Applicants are responsible for all pieces of application, including recommendations and transcripts.

Orientation Sessions (January):

Notification of candidate eligibility will be made by email on or before January 15, 2014. Eligible candidates must attend one of three orientation sessions scheduled in January:
January 18, January 22 or January 25, 2014
(Times and locations will be included in eligibility notification.)

Court Selection Process (February/March):

Rose Festival Court applicants are judged in one or more sessions at designated locations by a panel of judges from the community, selected by Rose Festival Board of Directors. Candidates will need to memorize a speech on the designated topic and answer impromptu questions in an interview setting. The 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 will 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.

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