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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.


January 9, 2018. Louisville, KY.   – A sign of spring in Kentuckiana, new Derby Festival Royalty was named this morning. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Fillies President Glenda Thome joined KDF President and CEO Mike Berry, as well as 2018 Derby Festival Chair Scott Watkins, in crowning the newly appointed court.  They are:

Katie Bouchard of Owensboro, KY – Katie, 22-years-old, is a Senior at Western Kentucky University with a major in Social Work. She is a Kentucky Colonel, on the WKU Dean’s List and received the WKU College of Health and Human Services Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Katie is the youngest board member of Cinderella’s Closet of Western Kentucky, a charity which provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend prom. Katie is also trained in the Kentucky State Dance of clogging.

Tara Dunaway of Leitchfield, KY- Tara, 21-years-old, is a Junior at the University of Louisville where she is majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Management. She is a College of Business Student Council Member and serves as the Chairman of Outreach, has been named to the Dean’s List multiple times, and has studied in numerous countries including England and Austria. Tara also volunteers at Portland Elementary and has participated in mission trips to Central America.

Logan Howard of Louisville, KY – Logan, 21-years-old, is a Senior at the University of Kentucky with a major in Business Marketing. She is a William C. Parker Scholar, 100 Black Men of American Scholar, Undergraduate Senator-at-Large for the Student Government Association and membership intake process chair of the Iota Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Logan also volunteers with Best Buddies, Kentucky as a high school student mentor and tutor.

Morgan A. Redmond of Louisville, KY – Morgan, 21-years-old, is a Senior studying Public Policy at the University of Chicago. She is a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar, has been named to the Dean’s List for three consecutive years, and is a member of the Maroon Key Society, the College’s honorary society. She has been active in her community in Louisville through the Lighthouse Academy at Newburg and in Chicago through the Neighborhood Schools Program and Dream Outside the Box.

Caroline Will of Louisville, KY – Caroline, 22-years-old, is a Senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Economics and French with a minor in International Business. She is a Global Scholars Honor Council Member, President of the Economics Society and Beta Gamma Sigma, and a Gatton College of Business and Economics Peer Instructor. Caroline is a Team Captain for DanceBlue, a student-run organization at UK that fundraises to help patients and families affected by childhood cancer.



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