Transportation Design

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Full Scholarships Available for Automotive Design Summer Camp

CCS and the Margaret Dunning Foundation are excited to offer 15 high school students an opportunity to attend the College’s Precollege Automotive Design summer camp at no cost. The College’s Automotive Design Camp is taught by CCS faculty and works closely with designers at GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler. 

The contest is conducted in two stages:

Stage One: Dunning Fellows

In this first stage, fifteen Dunning Fellows will be selected from all submissions by an esteemed panel of CCS faculty and Industry-Leading Designers. Each Fellow will receive a scholarship to take a four-week, three-credit “Dunning Automotive Design VisCom 1” course online. (Valued ) The award includes four weeks of faculty-led online automotive-design class, three transferable college credits, and art supplies sent to the winners home. VisCom 1 is a required course for all Transportation Design majors.  By taking this course students can move further ahead in their academic career and create work for a college admissions portfolio.

Stage Two: Dunning Scholar Awards

In stage two, Dunning Fellows who apply to CCS by December 1, 2021 with a 3.0 Cum GPA from high school 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. (Approx. Total Value $180,000).

More information about Dunning Scholars

Enter the Dunning Fellows Scholarship Competition

*Note: In the case that we are not able to offer an on-campus experience in Summer 2021, due to COVID or other significant extenuating circumstance, the Dunning Fellows program will offer a three-credit course online. Scholarship awards from this program are tuition waivers for the Precollege Summer Experience program only and have no cash value.

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

Submission Process

  • Create an account on SlideRoom
  • Submit 3 original drawings (suggested - front view, side view and ¾ view) of any car.  Attach three .pdf or .jpg of your drawings
  • Only drawings and sketches will be accepted – no digital work
  • Submission form closes at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on March 1, 2021

Timing & Deadlines 

  • September 1, 2020
    Contest start date. Begin submissions.
  • March 1, 2021
    Entries due
  • May 1, 2021
    Winners announced
  • May 15, 2021
    Winners must accept award and submit Precollege Summer Experience commitment form
  • June 1, 2021
    Winners confirm travel arrangements with CCS
  • July 11-July 31, 2021
    CCS Precollege Summer Experience

Dunning Callum

Moray Callum
Vice President, Design
Ford Motor Company

Ralph Gilles Head Shot

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
The Welburn Group

The Judges will evaluate each Finalist's entry according to the following weighted criteria, each weighted at 25%:

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Originality
  3. Sketching & Rendering
  4. Concept and Presentation

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. 

  • 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
  • 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.

Dunning Scholar Award 

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.**

Scholarship will be applied over 4 years (approximately $180,000 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.

**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 by December 1, 2020 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and has been officially admitted.. Scholarships are to be used to enroll in the CCS Transportation Design undergraduate BFA program.

Margaret Dunning Foundation

Dunning Foundation Logo with antique car
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.