Stuck at Prom Duck brand duct tape college scholarship contest
Requirements: Spot-on fashion sense and an eye for duct tape
Amount: Up to $5,000 each for you and your date
How to Apply: Get your outfit ideas ready, then head to DuckBrand.com/Promotions/stuck-at-prom in early March to get the 2012 application form.
Fashion-savvy promgoers are invited to make their own outfits out of duct tape for a shot at prize money, but you should bring your A game. The competition is fierce.
Once you've exhausted scholarships from the federal government and your school of choice, look for awards that hone in on your specific talents, says Erickson.
"Achievements can come in all different types ... and scholarships do too," she says. "Students should think about (their talents) that aren't run-of-the-mill; things that make them special."
If fashion design isn't your forte, but you have an uncannily accurate duck call, you could compete at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. Top prize money is $2,000. Or if you enjoy coming up with futuristic plots, the Writers of the Future contest offers prizes up to $5,000.
Students can narrow down the competition by searching for scholarships that fit their abilities, no matter how strange they may be.