The application is available and may be submitted online via the 500 Festival's website (www.500festival.com), now through Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.
The 2011 Princesses will serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and their hometowns.
The princesses will attend and volunteer at 500 Festival events through the month of May. In addition, the 33 princesses will be involved with statewide outreach programs, including visits to hospitals, schools, nursing homes and media outlets, among others leading up to the month of May.
Princesses are also present at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions and participate in the Indianapolis 500 Victory Circle celebration. One princess will be selected to serve as the 500 Festival Queen and will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
The queen and princess will also participate in the pre-race ceremonies for the 2011 Indianapolis 500, set for Sunday, May 29.
The 500 Festival will interview applicants from across the state on Saturday, Jan. 23, narrowing the selection to 66. The judges will then conduct second-round interviews Saturday, Feb. 12, selecting the final 33 to serve as ambassadors.
Candidates must be legal residents of Indiana, single with no children, full-time students in a fully-accredited Indiana college or university and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must reach the age of 18 by Jan. 1, 2011, but be no older than 23 by May 31, 2011.
In addition to the online application process, completed applications may be downloaded and mailed to 500 Festival Princess Program, attn: Colleen Bartel, 21 Virginia Ave., Suite 500, Indianapolis, Ind., 46204.
For more information, log on to www.500festival.com or call 317-614-6131 for an application to be mailed.
Applications will not be accepted after the Jan. 7, 2011, deadline.