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

Applications are now closed for 2017.
Thank you to all of our applicants!

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 2017 or a junior on track to graduate in June 2018
  • 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 14, 2016 (see below)
  • Attend one mandatory orientation session in January 2017 (see below)
  • Participate in the Court Selection process (see below)

A Complete Application (DUE December 14, 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 Wednesday, December 14, 2016, or hand-delivered to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation offices by 5:00 p.m. on December 14, 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 6, 2017. Eligible candidates must attend one of three orientation sessions scheduled in January. (Times and locations will be included in eligibility notification.)

January 11, January 17, or January 21, 2017

Court Selection Process (February/March):

Rose Festival Court applicants must attend one judging day on Saturday, February 4, 2017 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 2017 Court Announcement Schedule.


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