The 500 Festival announced Saturday that Caitlyn Foye of Newburgh was crowned the 2016 500 Festival Queen. The announcement was made at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc Foye is a sophomore at Butler University where she is studying Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is one of 33 young women who were selected for the 2016 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols where they serve as ambassadors for the 500 Festival. Foye is a graduate of Castle High School.
The 500 Festival Queen and Princesses attend 500 Festival events and volunteer throughout the month of May. In addition, the 33 princesses are involved with statewide outreach programs of their choosing. Princesses also participate in the Indianapolis 500 Victory Circle celebration.
As 500 Festival Queen, Foye is the recipient of a $1,500 educational scholarship from the 500 Festival. In addition, she will wear the one-of-a-kind 500 Festival Queen's crown at 500 Festival events and the Indianapolis 500. She will participate in a variety of appearances throughout the week and participate in the Indianapolis 500 pre-race and Victory Circle celebrations. She will continue to represent the 500 Festival at various functions throughout the year.
The 500 Festival Princess Program has a long history of celebrating Indiana's most civic-minded, poised, academically driven college-aged women. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with once-in-a-life-time experiences and countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies.
The 2016 500 Festival Princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.5, this year's 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based upon communication skills, commitment to service, leadership, scholarship, professionalism.