Duck Brand Duct Tape “Stuck at Prom” Scholarship Contest

Duck Brand Duct Tape “Stuck at Prom” Scholarship Contest

Application Information

To apply for this scholarship, follow the instructions on thescholarship’s website

Scholarship Overview

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must make their high school prom attire out of Duck brand duct tape. Applicants must submit one photo of themselves – as a single entry or as a couple entry – in their duct tape prom attire to be judged on workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck Brand duct tape. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States or Canada, including the District of Columbia, but excluding Colorado, Maryland, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and the Province of Quebec. Applicants must be 14 years of age or older at the time of entry and be attending a high school, home school association, or other school-sanctioned prom in 2013.

5 People Who Can Help You Get Into the College of Your Dreams

Dear College Made Simple Reader,

Every year, millions of high school students vie for admission in the few thousand colleges in the United States.

That’s a lot of competition. It can seem like you are up against impossible odds and that you are alone in overcoming them.

Not so. Getting into the right college isn’t an easy task, but it’s a task you don’t have to undertake alone.

Here are five people who can help improve your chances of getting into the college of your choice.

– Scott


Teachers are the eyes and ears on the ground at high schools. They know how you perform in the classroom and how you interact with others. They know your strengths as a student and areas you need to work on.

When deciding on which teacher to ask to write you a letter of recommendation, there are a few things to consider: How well you did in your classes; how well they know you; and if you can trust them to write a personal and flattering letter about you.

Letters from a teacher work best if you’ve had multiple classes taught by them, and if you’ve had a challenging course load.


A recommendation letter from a principal carries a lot of weight, but they are much more difficult to get than a letter from a teacher.

To get a recommendation letter from a principal, you have to be a standout student – academically and socially. You have to be involved in school and show that you are a leader amongst your fellow students.

Most importantly, you have to have an established relationship with the principal before he/she writes the letter. That means they have to know you beyond your grades and what sports/activities you are involved in.


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A recommendation from a work supervisor isn’t as effective as an academic recommendation, but it can carry weight about an aspect of you that those in the academic world don’t see.

An employer can speak of your work ethic, how well you work under pressure and handle responsibility, how well you work with others, and how well you work with superiors.

These letters work best if your employment is lengthy and if your work experience has a connection to your desired career path. It also looks good if the letter is from work performed as a volunteer – whether it is for charity or for a community club.

Civic/Religious Leader

These people can provide an effective endorsement under the right conditions.

First, like a recommendation from a principal, you need to know them personally, and vice versa, they would need to know you.

Second, they should be able to speak to your character, talents, and best qualities in a way a teacher/principal or employer can’t.

For example, a recommendation from a religious leader can be effective in getting accepted to a Christian college. And a local civic leader can help you be accepted into programs such as criminal justice, political science, social work, law, etc.

Difference Maker

A difference maker is someone you put in a lot of work for with a meaningful result. It could be the neighbor next door, it could be an acquaintance of your family. Who they are varies on a variety of factors, but you’ll know a difference maker when you see one.

With all of these people, it’s important to give plenty of notice to whoever you ask to write a letter for you. It gives them plenty of time to write a good letter and time to follow up with you about anything they’d like to include in the letter.

Also, be sure to formally thank anyone who writes a letter for you. Not only is it an appropriate action to repay their kind gesture, but it further proves to them that you are worth their effort.

To your college funding & admissions success,

Scott Weingold
Co-founder, College Planning Network, LLC

Publisher, College Made Simple – The Free Educational Resource of College Planning Network, LLC

FMAA Scholarship Program

FMAA Scholarship Program

Application Information

To apply for this scholarship, follow the instructions on thescholarship’s website

Scholarship Overview

This scholarship is for high school seniors who are continuing their education in a degree program. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit a short video explaining what the American flag means to them.


Deadline: May 24
Average Award: $1,000

Contact Information

Hope Silverman, Director of Marketing
Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA)

994 Old Eagle School Road, Suite 1019
Wayne, PA 19087

p. 610-971-4850

How to Get Off the College Wait List… and into your dream school

Dear College Made Simple Reader,

It’s estimated that roughly 10% of today’s college applicants are placed on one of their desired schools’ “wait lists.”

So it stands to reason, anyone who’s on a school’s wait list wants to know…

What’s next, and is it completely out of my hands?

Today, let’s go over some insights that can help you get off the wait list… and actually help to push you closer to a “yes” – and into the freshmen class.

– Scott

How to Get Off the College Wait List… and into your dream school

More students are applying to more colleges these days… in an effort to maximize their chances of getting admitted.

But the good news is that those applicants are also applying to a wider variety of schools, which means many of the students will decline admission.

And that’s where the wait list comes into play.

If you’re on it, you could be next in line for consideration.

Keep in mind, there are a few things you CAN do to turn that wait list spot into a spot on campus in the Fall.

  • If you do get wait listed, respond quickly to the school. How long it takes you to get back to them is a big indicator of how eager you are to attend if offered admission down the line.
  • If a school is your first choice, make sure the school knows that. Colleges want students who want them. There’s no better way to show them that than letting them know they’re #1 on your list.

  • If you receive a new set of grades after you get wait listed, make sure you send them along, provided they’ll help your cause. A great set of final semester marks can be a real eye opener.
  • If you’ve got a “hook” you can contribute to the class (you’re a great lacrosse player… you’re leading a community service trip… you just got the lead in the spring musical), let them know. Colleges want students who are going to stand out and contribute something to the school. Show them what you can bring.
  • If you have a good relationship already with a coach or faculty member at the school, get in touch and ask for advice. Don’t ask for a favor, because this will likely rub them the wrong way and look like you’re trying for special treatment. But asking politely for any wisdom they can share on some good ways to get yourself front and center to the admissions committee certainly can’t hurt.
  • Keep in touch but don’t be a pest. An email or two or a phone call to your admissions contact or recruiter will keep you at the forefront of their mind. But don’t overdo it. A little goes a long way here.
  • Make sure the college knows what you can afford to pay. The wait listing could have been a financial decision. Be positive they have all your numbers correct and everyone is on the same page money-wise.

Wait listing can certainly be disappointing, especially if it’s coming from a school you’re intent on going to. But it’s not the end of the world.

Remember, it’s not a “no.” You may have to do a bit more work to get to your goal, but the goal is still attainable.

To your college admissions success,

Scott Weingold
Co-founder, College Planning Network, LLC

Publisher, College Made Simple – The Free Educational Resource of College Planning Network, LLC