Attn. High School Auto Designers: Chrysler Wants to Give You a $60K Scholarship

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Chrysler recently announced that it was holding its third annual automotive design competition, but this time it’s a national sarch for U.S. public high school 10th through 12th graders, and prizes include a $60,000 scholarship to the College for Creative Studies.

There was a time when funding the pursuits of budding automotive designers was a valued part of many auto manufacturers’ recruiting programs. For 32 years, General Motors ran a program called the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild, and an annual model building competition as a sort of farm team for auto design talent. During the 1950s, the enrollment in the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild was second only to the Boy Scouts.

 

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Chrysler appears to be taking up where the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild left off. The “Detroit Autorama High School Design Competition 2015” is inviting participants to look to he future and design the next-generation Dodge vehicle for the year 2025, and write a 500-word essay on what the Dodge brand means to them.

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The winning entry includes a $60,000 scholarship to the College for Creative Studies (CSS), one of America’s leading schools of art and design. There are also prizes for a three-week CSS summer automotive design course, Apple MacBooks and more.

 

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Student entries must be received at Chrysler Group’s Product Design Office by Jan. 23, 2015.  Further details on the contest are available at www.Facebook.com/DriveforDesign.

 “The purpose of this competition is to expose students early in their education to the possibility of a career in automotive design while allowing us to connect with young talent and help to develop their artistic skills,” said Mark Trostle, Head of SRT, Mopar and Motorsports Design, Chrysler Group LLC. “We’re excited to once again team up with one of the leading design schools in the country, CCS, and the Detroit Autorama to bring the competition to a national level.”
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The judging panel will feature designers from the Chrysler Group Product Design Office, including Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President – Product Design, Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge and Ram Truck Design, and Trostle, along with industrial design faculty from CCS.
Winners will receive:First place

  • $60,000 scholarship to CCS (must meet college entry requirements)
  • Apple MacBook Pro (13 inches, 2.5 GHz)
  • Three-week summer automotive design course at CCS (includes housing, meals and field trips)
  • Three passes to Detroit Autorama in Detroit

Second place

  • Apple MacBook Pro (13 inches, 2.5 GHz)
  • Three-week summer automotive design course at CCS (includes housing, meals and field trips)
  • Three passes to Detroit Autorama in Detroit

Third place

  • Apple MacBook Air (11 inches, 2 GHz)
  • Three-week summer automotive design course at CCS (includes housing, meals and field trips)
  • Three passes to Detroit Autorama in Detroit

Fourth place

  • Apple iPad with Retina Display (16 GB)
  • Three-week summer automotive design course at CCS (includes housing, meals and field trips)
  • Three passes to Detroit Autorama in Detroit
Students must hand draw their submission on a single sheet of white paper no smaller than 8-by-10 inches and no larger than 11-by-17 inches, using only a pencil, markers or paint.
Contest entries must include the student’s name, address, phone number, email, school name and address, and grade level. Any additional information regarding the design can be included on a separate sheet of paper.

Four finalists will be announced on Jan. 30. Winners will receive their awards at a special presentation on March 6 at the Cobo Center in Detroit to help kick off the 63rd annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, do not hesitate to visit the Tutorials section of Dwayne Vance’s incredible blog, Masters of Chicken Scratch, where the automotive designer goes deep providing instruction and advice on improving sketches.
And if you’re interested in learning more about GM’s Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild, visit the story I wrote on BoldRide.com a few months back.For contest rules and information, students can visit www.Facebook.com/DriveForDesign. Students can follow competition updates on Chrysler Group’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChryslerGroup), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FCACorporate) and Instagram (instagram.com/FCACorporate) using the hashtag #DriveForDesign. All entries must be received at Chrysler Group’s Product Design Office no later than Friday, Jan. 23, via U.S. mail or email (DriveForDesign@chrysler.com).
(IMAGE SOURCE: Chrysler, Dwayne Vance, YouTube)
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Craig Fitzgerald

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