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

Applications are now available for the 2019 Portland Rose Festival Court!

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2019 Court Application Form [PDF]

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Do YOU want to be a Princess?

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 2019 or a junior on track to graduate in June 2020
  • 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 December 12, 2018
  • Attend one mandatory orientation session in January 2019 (see below)
  • Participate in the Court Selection process

A Complete Application (DUE December 12, 2018) includes:

  • Application Form – MUST BE TYPED
  • Biography Form – MUST BE TYPED
  • Recommendation Form (completed by a teacher, coach, school counselor, scholarship coordinator, vice principal or principal) – SEALED or EMAILED DIRECTLY (see form)
  • Volunteer Service and School Acknowledgement For signed by an authorized School Representative
  • Court Rules and Guidelines Form signed by both the applicant and a parent/guardian
  • Official High School Transcript with Cumulative GPA – SEALED or EMAILED DIRECTLY
  • (optional) GPA Variance Form – signed by applicant and School Counselor

Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, December 12, 2018, or hand-delivered to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation offices by 5:00 p.m. on December 12, 2018.

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 December 21, 2018. Eligible candidates must attend one of 2-3 orientation sessions scheduled in January 2019. (Times and locations will be included in eligibility notification.)

Court Selection Process (February/March):

Rose Festival Court applicants must attend one judging day on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at a designated location 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. 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.

The selected Court Member will be announced on the Announcement Day for her school or Metro selection. If the selected Court Member is unable to serve, there is no runner-up.


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