Applications are out and recruiting is under way for the 2011 Portland Rose Festival Court program presented by Pacific Power.
After expanding the court in 2009 to accept metro area schools, the Rose Festival is again loosening its eligibility requirements to allow students from metro area 4A schools to apply.
Now for the first time in Rose Festival history students from Molalla, Estacada, Gladstone and LaSalle can compete for the crown of Queen of Rosaria. In all, 46 schools in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties are now eligible to participate in the court program.
The selection of Rose Festival princesses from local high schools has been a Rose Festival tradition since 1930.
The mission of the court is to provide scholarships for higher education, to promote community outreach and volunteerism, to offer networking and mentoring opportunities to outstanding young women in a program that perpetuates an appreciation for Rose Festival history and tradition.