May 15, 2010

There really is a Duct Tape College Scholarship

It’s the stuff of urban legend. Who would believe that fashioning a prom dress entirely from duct tape could earn college-bound high school students up to $3000 in scholarship money? But it’s true and there’s still time to enter.

Ten years ago, Duck Tape® brand duct tape launched the Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest open to high school students in the US and Canada who are creative enough to assemble and accessorize prom wear that is unique, beautiful, and made entirely out of duct tape. Since 2001, more than 5500 students have participated in the contest and more than $80,000 has been awarded in scholarships.

And most importantly for duct tape designers, the Duck Tape® product line has expanded from the more traditional silver to a rainbow of 20 colors and patterns including aqua, camouflage, florescent colors, and this year’s latest addition of tie-dyes. Now how many electricians use tie-dyes to spruce up their connections?

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Stuck at Prom contest, the top 10 couples will each receive scholarships: first place will receive $3000 each and $3000 for the school that hosted their prom; second place will receive $2000; third place will receive $1000; and the remaining seven finalist couples will receive $500 each and $500 for their school.

Finalist couples will be chosen from all contest entries by a panel of judges who consider workmanship, originality, use of color, accessories and quantity of tape used to create the outfits. In other words, simply covering your purse in duct tape won’t win you any prizes. These ten couples will compete during an online voting period where school spirit definitely kicks in.

Participants are required to submit completed applications and a photo of themselves wearing their duct tape formalwear by June 7, 2010. The online voting period runs from June 18 to July 26, and features a new elimination twist to heighten the drama.

Winners from last year’s competition may be viewed on the Stuck at Prom website. Unfortunately for our area, there were no 2009 finalist couples from DC or Virginia. And out of about 200 entries nationwide last year, only one couple from Maryland entered and made it to the top ten—Maryland did have a first place prizewinner in 2007.

For more information including some bizarre design tips, visit the contest website. Note that these outfits take hours to complete and more importantly, duct tape as a fabric doesn’t breathe well.

Image provided by Stuck at Prom

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