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

The application process for the 2016 Portland Rose Festival Court is now closed. Check back later in the year for information about the 2017 Court!

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.

Applications are now available for the 2016 Portland Rose Festival Court! Click below to view the Application form.

2016 Court Application

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Applications must be postmarked by January 8, 2016 — OR hand-delivered to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation offices by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016.

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 2016 or a junior on track to graduate in June 2017
  • 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, 2016 (see below)
  • Attend one mandatory orientation session in January 2016 (see below)
  • Participate in the Court Selection process (see below)

A Complete Application (DUE January 8, 2016) 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) – SEALED
  • Volunteer Service Form and Court Rules and Guidelines signed by both the applicant and parent/guardian
  • Official High School Transcript with Cumulative GPA – SEALED

Applications must be postmarked by January 8, 2016, or hand-delivered to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation offices by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016.
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 13, 2016. Eligible candidates must attend one of three orientation sessions scheduled in January:
January 19, January 27 or January 30, 2016
(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 13, 2016 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. If the selected Court Member is unable to serve, there is no runner-up. Click below to view the 2016 Court Announcement Schedule.

2016 Court Announcement Schedule

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