Thirty-three young women from across Indiana have been selected to serve in the 2010 500 Festival Princess Program. This year’s 500 Festival princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 24 cities and towns across the state. The young women were selected from 243 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance, and community and volunteer involvement. One of those princesses is from Marian University Indianapolis.
Kelsie Scaringe '11, from Indianapolis, graduated from Scecina Memorial High School in 2007 and is a member of the Holy Spirit Parish. Scaringe is currently a nursing major and president of the Marian University Student Nurse's Association.
Becoming a 500 Festival princess is an experience of a lifetime. As ambassadors of the 500 Festival, the 2010 Indianapolis 500® and their hometowns, the princesses will attend and volunteer at 500 Festival events and programs throughout the month of May. In addition, the 33 princesses will be involved with statewide outreach programs of their choosing. Princesses are also present at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway® functions and participate in the Indianapolis 500® Victory Circle celebration.
To be eligible for the 500 Festival Princess Program, applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 23, single, and legal residents of Indiana. Candidates must also be full-time undergraduate students in a fully-accredited Indiana college or university and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.80 on a 4.00 scale.