Princess Program Selection

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Selection Criteria 

500 Festival Princess selection is based on the following categories:

  • Communication Skills: As a representative of the 500 Festival and her community, it is important that a 500 Festival Princess possess excellent communication skills – verbal, nonverbal and written.
  • Commitment to Service: A 500 Festival Princess should share the 500 Festival’s commitment to enrich the lives of others and make a positive impact on our state. The applicant should be enthusiastic about making a difference in her community and the state of Indiana through service. 
  • Leadership: Serving as a positive role model for Indiana youth, Princesses will use their strong leadership skills to help motivate, inspire and impact the community during their time as a 500 Festival Princess and beyond. 
  • Scholarship: A 500 Festival Princess should demonstrate her commitment to education and her academic achievement – in the classroom and beyond. 
  • Professionalism: The 500 Festival Princesses are the most visible and recognizable symbols of the 500 Festival. It is important that the applicant convey a confident and professional image. 


A 500 Festival Princess should possess the following traits:

  • Integrity - A 500 Festival Princess serves as a role models to Indiana youth as well as a representative of the 500 Festival. She holds herself to a high standard of conduct and is respectful, responsible, mature, patient and adaptable. 
  • Enthusiasm - Excitement is contagious. When a leader is motivated and excited about the cause, people will be more inclined to follow.
  • Desire to learn – The Princess Program provides women with the opportunity and tools necessary to make a profound impact within our state, both personally and professionally. To get the most out of the experience, a 500 Festival Princess should be ready and willing to learn. 
  • Goal-oriented 
  • Maturity and responsibility
  • Great sense of humor
  • Confidence 
  • Team player, works well with others
  • Hard worker