Dunning Fellows and Scholars Competition

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The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is pleased to announce the Dunning Fellows and Scholars Competition to recognize and elevate high school students for excellence in automotive design. The two-stage competition is sponsored by the Margaret Dunning Foundation.

 

What Could You Win?

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Stage One: Dunning Fellows

In this first stage, fifteen Dunning Fellows will be selected from all submissions by an esteemed panel of College for Creative Studies faculty and Industry-Leading Designers. Each Fellow will receive a scholarship to attend the College for Creative Studies Precollege Summer Experience “Dunning Automotive Design” program and earn three college credits (Valued up to $4,300) The award includes three weeks of faculty-led automotive-design studio class, three transferable college credits, materials, housing, food and activities, round-trip transportation from the Fellow’s hometown to Detroit, MI.

The CCS Precollege Summer Experience (“PCSE”) brings high school students from around the country and the world to the CCS campus to live, learn and study with CCS faculty. PCSE 2018 is July 8-28.

Dunning Fellows will be in an advanced version of the PCSE program.

Stage Two: Dunning Scholar Awards

In stage two, all Dunning Fellows will be eligible to compete for a full-tuition, four-year Dunning Scholar Award to attend the College for Creative Studies undergraduate program in Transportation Design. (Total value $175,000). More information about the Dunning Scholars stage of the competition will be found below.

How Do You Enter the Dunning Fellows Competition?

Design a retro-inspired luxury vehcile for a futuristic science fiction film.

The Packard Automobile Company was the first premium American luxury car maker and was a special favorite of the late, Margaret Dunning, founder of the Margaret Dunning Foundation.  Packard made dramatic and beautiful cars for the rich and famous from 1899 to 1956 but students should focus on the cars made from 1940 to the mid '50s for inspiration. The premise of this project is to "Design a Future Autonomous Packard for a science fiction film set in the year 2040." Therefore, start with the ‘40s and ‘50s Packards as initial inspirations, then let your imaginations run wild into the future. 

When is it due?

The Dunning Fellows Automotive Design competition begins February 1, 2018 and ends April 15,  2018. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the competition.

Who may enter

  • Must be a legal U.S. resident attending a high school in the United States
  • Currently enrolled in grades 9 through 11
  • Current high school GPA of 3.0 or higher

Submission Process

  • Submit 3 drawings (front view, side view and ¾ view) of an original car design.  Attach three .pdf or .jpg of your drawings
  • The work must have been drawn between February 1, 2018 and April 15, 2018
  • Only drawings and sketches will be accepted – no digital work
  • Submission form closes at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 15, 2018
  • Complete the Margaret Dunning Foundation Fellows Automotive Design Competition application
  • Attach a current copy of your official or unofficial high school transcript

You retain your rights to your sketches; however, by entering the contest, you grant the College for Creative Studies (CCS) a fully paid, royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any CCS purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the CCS Dunning Fellows  and Scholars program, and its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to College for Creative Studies publications.

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TIMING AND DEADLINES:

  • February 1, 2018 – Contest start date. Begin submissions.
  • April 15, 2018 – Entries due
  • May 1, 2018 – Winners announced
  • May 15, 2018 – Winners must accept award and submit PCSE commitment form
  • June 1, 2018 – Winners confirm travel arrangements with CCS
  • July 8-28, 2018 – CCS Precollege Summer Experience

General Rules

  • The decisions of the judges shall be final and binding in all matters pertaining to the Competition
  • Entry must not contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to, privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement
  • Entry must be the original work of Entrant

Judges

Dunning Callum

Moray Callum
Vice President, Design
Ford Motor Company

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Ralph Gilles 
Head of Design
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Michael Simcoe

Michael Simcoe
Vice President,
Global Design
General Motors

Paul Snyder

Paul Snyder
Paul & Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design
College for Creative Studies

Ed Welburn

Ed Welburn
CEO
The Welburn Group

Judging

The Judges will evaluate each Finalist's entry according to the following weighted criteria: 1) Aesthetics; 2) Originality; 3) Sketching & Rendering ; and 4) Concept and Presentation - each weighted at 25%. Fifteen Finalists with the highest overall scores from the Judges will be deemed potential winners pending verification of eligibility and compliance with these guidelines, as determined by CCS at its sole discretion. After certification, fifteen Dunning Fellows will be named and invited to attend the CCS Precollege Summer Experience. 

Dunning Scholars

After successfully completing the CCS Dunning Fellows Precollege Summer Experience, each Fellow will be placed in a cohort based on their year of high school graduation to be considered for the Dunning Scholar Award to attend CCS’s undergraduate Transportation Design program. Students must be accepted and enrolled at CCS in order to receive this prize.**

**The College for Creative Studies Scholarship will be awarded to one high school graduating Dunning Fellow each Spring starting in 2019.  Selection of the Dunning Scholar will be made by a panel of qualified judges. The Dunning Scholar will be selected from a cohort of graduating Dunning Fellows who have successfully completed the Precollege Summer Experience program.  Chances of winning the Dunning Scholar Award will vary depending on the number of graduating seniors who have previously completed the Dunning Fellow Precollege Summer Experience Automotive Design program. The Dunning Scholar Award winner must be a graduating senior who has completed the CCS admissions process and has been officially admitted. Scholarships are to be used to enroll in the CCS Transportation Design undergraduate BFA program.

Scholarship will be applied over 4 years (approximately $175,000 over 4 years). If the first place winner does not accept the award, this award will be given to the next highest qualifier from the Fellow cohort. No cash equivalent will be awarded in lieu of scholarship. Winner must meet all admissions criteria of College for Creative Studies and be admitted as a full time student. This scholarship is provided by the College for Creative Studies and the Margaret Dunning Foundation and is subject to change.

About the Margaret Dunning Foundation

The Margaret Dunning Foundation was founded by Ms. Dunning in 1997. She was born in 1910 in Redford Township, Michigan, and moved with her mother to Plymouth, Michigan in the 1920s. During her lifetime, Ms. Dunning was a successful business woman, philanthropist, and civic booster. She was a major supporter of many Plymouth nonprofits, including the Plymouth District Library and the Plymouth Historical Society. In addition to her personal philanthropy, Ms. Dunning was a classic car enthusiast and was a regular participant in the Woodward Dream Cruise with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.

Ms. Dunning died in 2013 at the age of 104. Her estate provided additional funding for the Margaret Dunning Foundation, which continues to support her charitable interests and legacy. For more information: www.margaretdunningfdn.org

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