Prom fads are constantly changing from year to year: From grand ball gowns and traditional black tuxes to two-piece dresses and elaborately patterned jackets. And that’s just the fashion. These days, teens are watching online DIY make-up tutorials, rather than heading to a beauty salon; renting jewelry and accessories rather than buying; and even attending prom solo instead of as a couple.
Now in its 18th year, the Duck® brand Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest is breaking from previous traditions and embracing the changing trends. For the first time ever, creative makers can enter their unique promwear designs to win one of two coveted $10,000 Grand Prizes as individuals, rather than as a couple. There will be one Grand Prize winner in the Dress Category and one in the Tux Category, totaling $20,000.
“For nearly two decades, our Grand Prize winners wowed us with their craftsmanship, attention to detail, and wild imaginations. They truly define what it means to be a ‘maker,’ someone who breaks the mold to create something the world has never seen before,” said Ashley Luke, category manager at ShurTech Brands, LLC, the company that markets the Duck® brand. “Now that individual entrants have a chance at the top prize, this opens the door for even more students to enter Stuck at Prom, and we’re eager to witness the next generation of designers, artists, and innovators.”
Since 2001, the contest has inspired the creativity and uniqueness of students all across the U.S and Canada. Throughout the years, Stuck at Prom® judges, and the public, have awarded creative high school students with more than half a million dollars in scholarships. Students have made countless never-seen-before designs and styles from the hundreds of Duck Tape® colors and prints available, giving these makers the opportunity to showcase their talents and highlight their individuality in new and exciting ways.
- Submission Period: April 2 through June 1, 2018
- Judges Voting Period: June 2 through June 8, 2018
- Finalists Announced: June 14, 2018
- Public Voting Period: June 14 through June 25, 2018
- Grand Prize Winners Announced: July 9
Contest judges responsible for selecting the five finalists in each Category will review all submissions based equally on creativity, workmanship, originality, use of color and design, and the accessories that were created using Duck Tape®. The Grand Prize Dress winner and the Grand Prize Tux winner, selected by public vote, will each receive a scholarship prize of $10,000, totaling $20,000. The remaining eight runners up will receive a $100 Duck Tape® prize pack.