Prom Scholarships & History of the Glitzy Dance

Prom night just got better with these fun, prom-themed scholarships.

Shawna Newman

April 01, 2022

Prom Scholarships & History of the Glitzy Dance
Scholarship opportunities that'll make you feel like dancing!
When we say there are scholarships for everything, we mean everything. Including prom scholarships! So, not only will you get to have a great time, but you can get financial aid to help you pay for and attend college sans student loans. Just like prom-dress styles, prom has had its phases of popularity. But before we get to that, let's start with the beginning—the creation of Prom. An all-male college, Amherst College is historically noted as the first occurrence of prom as we know it. According to Mental Floss, “The first proms were held at college and were simple, home-grown events meant to teach good manners.” In 1894 females from Smith College were invited to dine and dance at Amherst with fellow college students. A Little Things blog mentions, prom became a high school event in the 1930s and the dance-themed events were commonly held in the school gyms across the United States. But a few rough decades due to WWII and the Vietnam War, American proms seemed to fizzle out. However, the 1980s— and possibly hit movies, like Pretty in Pink and Footloose fueled the prom-party revival.
Prom is one of those life events you'll remember forever, but just imagine how fond your memories would be if you remembered it helped you pay for your college education?!
From dancing, makeup, hairstyles and flowers, check out these fun prom-themed scholarships and apply today:

“Stuck at Prom” Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 7/31/22
Award Amount: 10 Awards from $500 - $10,000 The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest is open to high school students who make the best prom attire out of Duck® Brand Duct Tape! Attending prom is no longer necessary, but you must be enrolled in high school or home school association (at the high-school level) during the school year. You can document your journey to prom perfection in a short video or written essay. Students may enter the Contest as an individual only. Each individual must create and wear prom attire consisting of either a complete dress or a complete tuxedo and accessories made using Duck brand duct tape and/or Duck brand crafting tape. Other materials, in addition to Duck brand duct tape, may be used or incorporated into the design. You must also submit at least one high resolution photo showing you wearing your Duck Tape Prom Attire, and a written essay or video of under three minutes and no more than 500MB in size, documenting your journey.

FSCC Cosmetology Scholarship

Deadline: 8/25/22
Award Amount: Varies The FSCC Cosmetology Scholarship is available to students at Fort Scott Community College. You must be majoring in cosmetology to be eligible for this award.

Mina Hutchison Fashion Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Award Amount: Varies The Mina Hutchison Fashion Scholarship is available to students at Orange Coast College. You must be majoring in fashion to be eligible for this award.

Portland Ballet Company Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Award Amount: Varies The Portland Ballet Company Scholarship is open to students at the University of Southern Maine. You must be a student with dancing skills of a caliber to perform with the Portland Ballet Company and have at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award.

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