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Design a Duct Tape Prom Dress or Tux, Win a Scholarship!

Now in its 22st year, the Duck Brand Stuck at Prom scholarship competition rewards high school students with a $10,000 college scholarship for making a prom costume and accessories out of duct tape. There’s a $10,000 scholarship in each of the tux and dress categories.

Since its first year, the Stuck at Prom program has awarded more than half a million dollars in scholarships.

Winning the scholarship depends on crafting and creativity, not academic performance. 

Part of the point of the scholarship program is to promote that Duck Brand duct tape comes in many colors, not just gray.

Tuxes use less tape than dresses and take less time to create. Dresses can take up to five times as long to create, in part because of greater surface area. Most costumes use dozens of rolls of duct tape, depending on the number of colors used in the design.

Larissa Leon won Duck Brand’s 21st annual Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest with her stunning folklorico-inspired dress – all of which was made from Duck brand duct tape.

Larissa Leon of Sunnyside, Washington, takes the prize for Best Dress | Credit: Duck Brand

Leon spent 163 hours designing her dress with 47 rolls of Duck brand duct tape. Honoring her heritage and the traditional Spanish dances that emphasize local folk culture, her Folklorico gown is accessorized with flowers, Duck Tape lace, ribbon, and a full flowy skirt. Leon’s passion for design blossomed when she began using Duck Tape at an early age to make toys, clothing, hair accessories, and even her school backpack. 

Aside from creating prom costumes, duct tape is often found on college packing lists, since it is useful for quick fix repairs and sealing boxes.

The Stuck at Prom scholarship competition is open to all high school students in the U.S. and six Canadian provinces, not just high school seniors. The entry deadline is June 8th. Full rules are available on the website.

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