two sneakers designed by precollege students

PENSOLE/ CCS Sneaker Design Competition

Full Scholarships Available for PENSOLE/CCS Sneaker Design Summer Program

CCS is excited to offer 8 high school students an opportunity to attend the College’s Precollege Sneaker Design Summer Camp at no cost. This three-week program gives high school students the chance to learn from PENSOLE Academy and CCS Product Design Faculty. PENSOLE has 500 alumni currently working at the industry’s top brands. 

Each student will earn three transferable college credits. All students entering the competition will have their work judged by PENSOLE Academy and CCS Product Design faculty, but only 8 will be offered a scholarship that will cover the cost of housing, food, materials and three transferable college credits.

PENSOLE is a leader in footwear design and was founded by Dr. D’Wayne Edwards. Edwards. With a career that spans over 3-decades, D’Wayne Edwards has over 50 patents and designed more than 500 styles for premier athletes such as Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, and Michael Jordan.

Competition Winners

Eight Sneaker Design Competition Winners will be selected from all submissions by a jury of  PENSOLE Academy’s Design and CCS Product Design Faculty. Each winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the College for Creative Studies Precollege Summer Experience “Athletic Shoe Design” program and earn three college credits ($3,595. value). The award includes three weeks of faculty-led studio class, three transferable college credits, housing, food, materials and activities.

THEME: CCS is asking students to envision what their signature sneakers would look like. Are your dream sneakers designed for competitive sports like soccer or basketball? Or are they designed to be worn on the streets? Maybe on the red carpet?

Design a sneaker for any of the following activities: Basketball, Biking, Boxing, Hiking, Rock Scrambling, Skateboarding, Football, Soccer, Streetwear, or Tennis. Include your inspiration images and 1-3 lateral drawings of your own original design(s) that demonstrate color choices.  At least 1 of the designs needs to be drawn by hand (pencil + paper only); if you submit additional drawings, they can either be drawn by hand or drawn in a digital program. Different perspective views are welcome, but are not required. 

*Scholarship awards for this program are tuition waivers for the Precollege Summer Experience program only and have no cash value. The Precollege Summer Experience Program delivery method is subject to change.

Who May Enter

  • Current high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors or international equivalent who will have completed their first year by July 1, 2022.

Judges & Judging

The Judges will evaluate each Finalist’s entry based on aesthetics, originality, sketching and rendering; and concept and presentation.

Eight Finalists will be deemed potential winners pending verification of eligibility and compliance with these guidelines, as determined by CCS at its sole discretion. After certification, eight contest winners will be named and invited to attend the CCS Precollege Summer Experience. 

  1. D’Wayne Edwards – Founder, PENSOLE
  2. Partrick Schiavone – Chair of CCS Product Design Department
  3. Anthony Arias – Designer/Instructor, PENSOLE
  4. Steve Schock – CCS Professor of Product Design
  5. Anna Smith – Director of Education, PENSOLE

Submission Process

  • Create an account on Slideroom
    • Submit 1-3 lateral (side-view) drawings of your own original sneaker design. 
      • One drawing must be hand drawn in pencil, others can be digital.
      • Include color choices for your design
    • Submit 1 page of inspiration images
    • Submissions can include multi-page PDFs, but your complete submission should not be more than 5 pages total. Note: No more than 3 individual files can be uploaded to Slideroom.
    • Tell us how your shoes will be used in the Description
  • Submission form closes at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on March 1, 2022


Timing & Deadlines

  • September 1, 2021
    Contest start date. Begin submissions.
  • March 1, 2022
    Entries due
  • May 1, 2022
    Winners announced
  • May 15, 2022
    Winners must accept award and submit Precollege Summer Experience commitment form
  • June 1, 2022
    Winners confirm travel arrangements with CCS
  • July 10 -July 30, 2022
    CCS Precollege Summer Experience