Transportation Design

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 attend the College for Creative Studies Precollege Summer Experience “Dunning Automotive Design” program and earn three college credits (Valued up to $4,345) 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.

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

Stage Two: Dunning Scholar Awards

In stage two, Dunning Fellows who apply to CCS by December 1, 2019 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

THEME: This year, CCS is asking students to envision what will they be driving in 2045. Will cars be autonomous? Will they change radically in shape or form? Will they be green? These and any other ideas are open to students to interpretation.

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 drawings (front view, side view and ¾ view) of an original car design.  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, 2020

Timing & Deadlines 

  • September 1, 2019
    Contest start date. Begin submissions.
  • March 1, 2020
    Entries due
  • May 1, 2020
    Winners announced
  • May 15, 2020
    Winners must accept award and submit Precollege Summer Experience commitment form
  • June 1, 2020
    Winners confirm travel arrangements with CCS
  • July 12-August 2, 2020
    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
CEO
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.

Ethan Cummins
Ethan Cummings
Port Huron, Michigan

Sam Fillmore
Sam Filmore
Seattle, Washington

Kevin Jeong
Kevin Jeong
Cresskill, New Jersey

Zhijie Lin
Zhijie Lin
Miami Lakes, Florida

Daniel Luo

Daniel Luo
Doral, Florida

Getsemani Perez-Lopez

Getsemani Perez-Lopez
Venice, Florida

Nicholas Pyle

Nicholas Pyle
Cabin John, Maryland

Joshua Rego

Joshua Rego
Berkley, Massachusetts

Mason Ross

Mason Ross
Seattle, Washington

Taisiya Rozenshteyn

Taisiya Rozenshteyn
Miami, Florida

Jaylen Sheely

Jaylen Sheely
North Lauderdale, Florida

Job Skandera

Job Skandera
Santa Rosa, California

Marcella Telles

Marcella Telles
North Miami, Florida

Ethan Trostle

Ethan Trostle
Rochester, Michigan

YuXuan Wen

YuXuan Wen
New York, New York

Kaden Woodruff

Kaden Woodruff
West Richland, Washington

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, 2019 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.