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Application process for 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court now open

The 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court (Source: KDF) The 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court (Source: KDF)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky Derby Festival already is preparing for next year's celebration by taking applications for the 2017 Royal Court.

The application process is now open at KDF.org. Young women from Kentucky or Southern Indiana who are full-time college students are eligible. The deadline for submissions is October 16.

Scholarship money is at stake. Each member of the Royal Court will receive two $1,000 scholarships - one from The Fillies, Inc., and one from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. Each woman also receives a complimentary wardrobe. In addition, the women chosen for the Royal Court will serve as official ambassadors for the city and the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring.

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Applicants must be single, female residents of Kentucky or the metropolitan area, including Clark, Harrison and Floyd Counties in Indiana, and full-time college students with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must be poised, outstanding in the community and 18 years old on or before December 31, 2016. All applicants must attend a screening on either Saturday, November 5 or Saturday, November 19 at Goldberg Simpson Law Firm, 9301 Dayflower St. in Louisville. The program is not a beauty pageant. Contact Shannon Adkins, Vice President of the Fillies, Inc., at 502-396-7425 or RoyalCourt2017@gmail.com with any questions. 

The Royal Court selection process is a self-nominating procedure. The program represents the Kentucky Derby Festival and is overseen by members of The Fillies, Inc., a non-profit organization with 250 community volunteers. The women of The Fillies produce the gala Fillies Derby Ball, during which the Derby Festival Queen is selected by a "spin-of-the-wheel." The court will be selected in January with the Queen selected at the Fillies Derby Ball on April 8, 2017.

Past Derby Festival Queens and Courts included Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky's first and only woman governor, and a number of other community leaders.

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