Starting Monday, Aug. 27, the Kentucky Derby Festival will begin accepting applications from young women interested in being part of the Festival’s 2013 Royal Court.
Applications will be available online at the Derby Festival’s website The deadline for submissions is Oct. 10. The Royal Court program is not a beauty pageant. This is a great opportunity for any talented young woman to earn scholarship monies and serve as an official ambassador for one of the world’s leading civic celebrations.
Applicants must be single, female residents of Kentucky or the metropolitan area (Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties of Indiana), poised and outstanding in her community. A candidate must be a full-time student during the current academic year, attending a university, college or accredited professional school with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. She must be 18 years old on or before Dec. 31, 2012. All applicants must attend a screening on either Saturday, Nov. 10, or Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Goldberg Simpson Law Firm, 9301 Dayflower St. in Louisville. Contact Lorena Peter at (502) 548-0180 or email  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 of 250 of the finest community volunteers. In addition to coordinating the program, the women of The Fillies produce the gala Fillies Derby Ball, during which the Derby Queen is selected and her Derby Court established.The court will be selected in January with the Queen chosen by a “spin-of-the-wheel” at the Fillies Derby Ball on April 19, 2013. 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. In addition to other sponsor gifts, each woman receives a complimentary wardrobe.
A long-standing Derby tradition, the Derby Festival Queen and Court act as official ambassadors for one of the country’s leading civic celebrations, attending nearly 70 Festival events. Since 1957, past Derby Festival Queens and Courts have been making an impression on their community. They include Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky’s first woman Governor, and a number of other community leaders. Many say their Derby Festival experience helped them prepare for their future careers.

Event Details

Date: Aug 27, 2012
Starts: 12:00 AM | Ends: 12:00 AM

Phone: (502) 548-0180