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 Derby Princesses®                                                               Derby Queen®  

The Derby Princesses Program is a great opportunity for any talented young woman to earn scholarship monies, as well as serve as an official ambassador for the city and the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. Each young woman receives two $1,000 scholarships – one from The Fillies, Inc., and one from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.  She also receives a complimentary wardrobe as well as other sponsor gifts.

In addition to serving as an Ambassador for over 75 events of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Derby Queen Ambassador and the Derby Princesses Program is very busy donating their time throughout the community.  They volunteer their time to help with organizing many fund raising events held by local charities, Derby related Dinners, Derby related Ball Dances, they enjoy visiting with residents of nursing homes, read books to classes during their visits to local schools, assist in providing meals for the homeless and interact with the children attending events held by charitable organizations.  They also help with the Parade and they educate others about The Fillies and the Derby Festival.

Applicants must be a single, female resident of Kentucky or the metropolitan area, including Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties of Indiana, and full-time, second year undergraduate student attending a University, College or an Accredited Professional School for the full current academic year, with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Verification is required from the School Registrar's Office.  Candidates must also be poised, outstanding in the community and 18 years old on or before December 31.  Contact Whitney McNicol, Vice President of the Fillies, Inc., at mcnicolw@yahoo.com with any questions.

Since 1957, past Derby Queens and Princesses Ambassadors 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. The Fillies are honored to continue to produce the Derby Princesses Program in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby Festival.

The Derby Queen Ambassador is a member of the Derby Princesses Program.  Since every one of the Derby Princesses is just as accomplished as the next, the only fair way to choose the Derby Queen is by the traditional spin of the Wheel by the President of The Fillies at the annual Fillies Derby Ball.


Mary Baker of Louisville, KY – Mary, 20-years-old, is a Junior at the University of Louisville where she is majoring

in Economics and Finance. She is on the raiseRED Executive Board, a Finance intern at GE Appliances, and

Community Service Director of Chi Omega sorority. Mary also volunteers at Gilda’s Club of Louisville, and taught

English for a summer in Peru. 

Brittany (BeeBee) Patillo of Louisville, KY – Brittany, 22-years-old is a Senior at the University of Louisville

majoring in Theatre Arts. She is a Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship recipient, a member of the African American

Theatre Program, and has been named to the Dean’s List for five consecutive semesters. Brittany is a Youth

Coordinator and Advisor for several area churches, as well as a dance instructor for the LaNita Rocknettes School of


Elizabeth Seewer of Louisville, KY – Elizabeth, 23-years old, is in her second year of the Doctor of Physical

Therapy Program at Bellarmine University. She is the President of her program and a Research Scholar at

Bellarmine. She received her Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University, where she played soccer and was a member

of Alpha Phi – Gamma Chapter. Elizabeth founded the organization Sweet Memories, where she pursues her love for

showing children ability through baking.

Allison Spears of Catlettsburg, KY – Allison, 21-years-old, is a Senior at the University of Kentucky where she is

majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-law track. She is a Provost Scholar, Member of the Iota Nu chapter of Alpha Phi

Fraternity, Vice-President of Organization for the Panhellenic Council, and the reigning Miss TOPS in

Lexington. Allison is also an avid volunteer with the American Heart Association helping with numerous events

including heart walks, the Go Red for Women Luncheon, and the Heart Ball. 

Kelsey Sutton of Brandenburg, KY – Kelsey, 22-years-old, is a Senior at Centre College majoring in mathematics.

She has been invited to join the Teach Kentucky 2019 Cohort to teach high school math in the Louisville area starting

this August. She is a Faculty Scholar, President of the Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, President of the Society

of Future Educators, a Student Coach for the Centre Women’s Basketball Team, and a member of the Omicron Delta

Kappa Leadership Honor Society. She also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass.



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