Debutante Cotillion


The Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Program was developed for young ladies who are juniors and seniors in high school in order to equip, encourage and stimulate them to pursue higher education, academic excellence, personal development and civic involvement. The program focuses on the needs of minority and under-served young ladies.  Each young lady who participates will also earn and receive a scholarship toward higher education.

 The program objectives are achieved through a six-month curriculum consisting of educational workshops, activities, community service outings and rehearsals. The culminating event of the program is the Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Ball in which the young ladies are formally presented to society and the Indianapolis community as well as awarded scholarships.

                                                                                                                                                                     Shown Above: 2018  Debutante Queen and Court

Debutante Program Objectives

The specific objectives of the program are to:

Program Components

 The Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Program is made up of four key components:

Program History and Impact

 For over 30 years, young ladies have been formally presented to the Indianapolis community and awarded scholarships through the Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Program. Funding for the scholarships and program components come from corporate sponsorships and patron donations.  Over the years, more than 600 participants have benefited from the program and over $700,000 in scholarships has been awarded. Additionally, participants have rendered over 10,400 hours of community service towards in the local Indianapolis area. Graduates of this unique and special program have completed undergraduate and higher levels of education as well as become productive citizens within their respective communities. 

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