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Coronavirus Changes to Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

The contest is still on -- with a few small changes for applicants.

Kathryn Knight Randolph

April 08, 2020

Coronavirus Changes to Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
In Mid-March, introverts, and even some extroverts alike, rejoiced at the trending hashtag #CancelEverything. With COVID-19 cases increasing, schools, businesses and events like the Olympics, were getting cancelled left and right. This was all done in an effort to #FlattenTheCurve and practice #SocialDistancing in order to tide the spread of Coronavirus in the USA. However, a very large population within the country was not celebrating. In fact, many of them were moved to tears. High school students reacted in anger, frustration, and sadness at the fact that their proms were getting cancelled in addition to everything else. But like most of us who have had to overcome the heartbreak that comes with seeing our normalcy turned upside down on its head, high schoolers have made the most of this time. Fortunately, scholarship providers are right there with them.

Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest Makes Big Changes

Perhaps one of the most popular scholarships ever, the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest asks students to create their prom attire entirely out of Duck Tape. Students supply a photo or video of their dress and/or tux on Prom Night in order to qualify. One $10,000 scholarship is given for best dress and another $10,000 is awarded for best tux. Eight runner-up applicants are selected to win $500 as well as a prize pack valued at $100. But just like the real prom, the Stuck at Prom Scholarship has had to make changes to their program in order to accommodate the Coronavirus pandemic. Now, they are taking submissions from just individuals rather than couples (for future reference, individual entries are allowed and encouraged). Submissions must also come with written or video documentation of the Duck Tape attire-making process. Applicants have until June 8, 2020, to submit their entry into the Stuck at Prom Scholarship. A panel of judges will choose Finalists, whose work will be displayed online from June 29 through July 10. During this period of time, the online community can vote for whichever dress and/or tux is their favorite. The finalists with the most votes from the online community will win. Submissions for the 2020 contest have already been submitted. For a bit of inspiration, check out previous scholarship winners and their amazing creations.

Students Celebrate Prom Despite Cancellations

Proms across the county have been cancelled, but that hasn’t stopped students from celebrating the major life milestone. Some have held photo shoots in their dresses, held a “fake prom” at home with family members, or conducted a Group FaceTime dressed in their finest with friends. A few high school students have rigged “Glambots” in their bedrooms in order to capture their prom attire. For cultural reference, a “Glambot” is used by the television network, E!, in order to capture red carpet looks from a unique vantage during awards season. A few high school students figured out how to make their own with supplies from around the house. The effects are pretty amazing given that the videos are shot on a phone hanging from the ceiling by a belt. Check them out on BuzzFeed. One family in Atlanta put together an entire prom committee when their brother’s senior prom was cancelled. Insider reports that the Hill family each took on roles in order to make the day special. Their Dad was the photographer, Mom was the chaperone, and his sisters put together decorations, make up and music. The whole family attended prom together – in their living room. Many high school students still plan to dress up in their finest and get together with friends virtually. Between Zoom and Group FaceTime, students may spend their prom night in their living room, but they’ll still be able to dance the night away with one another. Jessica Ludovici, a high school student in Ohio, told TIME that she plans to host prom in her living room, taking song requests from friends in order to create a playlist.

The Search for Scholarships Continues Too

As students come to grips with the new reality of staying home, there is one thing they can do to make the time pass by: apply for college scholarships. If you haven’t already, create a profile on Fastweb in order to find scholarships that you actually qualify for based on your GPA, location and extracurricular activities. Commit to applying to 2 – 3 scholarships per week – or designate an amount of time to spend on scholarship applications. Applying to scholarships is a numbers game; and the more you apply to, the better your chances of actually winning a scholarship. Use this time at home wisely. Create lasting memories with your family and friends – even if it has to take place virtually. Invest in your scholarship application strategy. Waiting at home for quarantine, social distancing and stay-at-home orders to lift doesn’t have to be a waste. In fact, it could be financially beneficial for you. Get started now.

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