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KDF seeking Kentuckiana royalty for 2015 festival

The 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court (Source: WAVE 3 News) The 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Wasn't the 2014 Kentucky Derby just three months ago? Already, the Kentucky Derby Festival is launching its search for members of the 2015 Royal Court.

The self-nominating application process opens online on Monday, Aug. 25 at kdf.org. and runs through Oct. 10.

KDF stresses this is not a beauty pageant. The Royal Court provides opportunities for young women to earn scholarship money and serve as an ambassador for the city of Louisville and the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. Each member of the Royal Court receives two $1,000 scholarships -- one from The Fillies, Inc., and one from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. In addition to other sponsor gifts, each woman will receive a complimentary wardrobe.

All applicants must be single, female residents of Kentucky or the metropolitan area, including Clark, Floyd and Harrison Counties in Indiana and full-time college students with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must also be poised, "outstanding in the community" and 18 years old on or before December 31, 2014. All applicants must attend a screening on either Saturday, Nov. 1 or Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Goldberg Simpson Law Firm, 9301 Dayflower St. in Louisville. Contact Julie Dorsey at 502-489-7111 julie.dorsey@hotmail.com with questions.

The program represents the Kentucky Derby Festival and is overseen by The Fillies, Inc., a non-profit organization with 250 community volunteers. In addition to coordinating the Royal Court program, the women of The Fillies produce the Fillies Derby Ball, during which the Derby Festival Queen is selected by a "spin-of-the-wheel" and her court is established.

This year's court will be selected in January, and the Fillies Ball will be held on April 17. 2015.

Since 1957, former Derby Festival Queens and members of the Royal Courts have been making a impression on their communities. They include Martha Layne Collins, the first woman governor of Kentucky.

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