Butler sophomores Caitlyn Foye and Monica Wright are among 33 college-age women who have been selected as Indianapolis 500 Festival Princesses for 2016.

Foye, from Newburgh, Indiana, is a graduate of Castle High School and a sophomore majoring in Biology. Wright, who is from Indianapolis, is a graduate of Cathedral High School and a sophomore majoring in Marketing and International Business.

Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, participate in the 500 Festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteer at 500 Festival events, and take part in various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions—including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

“For more than 50 years, the 500 Festival Princess Program has recognized Indiana’s brightest college-aged women,” said Leslie Carter-Prall, 500 Festival board member and princess program committee co-chair. “The program’s new personal and professional development initiative and the scholarships given to each young woman will reinforce its rich history. The 500 Festival is proud to take the lead on investing our time and resources to shape Indiana’s next generation of leaders.”

The 2016 500 Festival Princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. This year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based upon their communication skills, commitment to service, leadership, scholarship, and professionalism. They have an average GPA of 3.5.

One of the 33 Princesses will be selected as the 2016 500 Festival Queen and will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The queen will be crowned May 21 during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard.


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