designing for the future competition


Ford Motor Company Fund and Lawrence Technological University are sponsoring “Designing for the Future” Competition. High school seniors or transfer students interested in receiving an award to Lawrence Tech’s Transportation Design or Industrial Design programs are encouraged to enter.

Over $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students completing the admissions process and submitting a design proposal in either the automotive or product track.

Scholarships are only valid for students enrolling and starting program in Fall 2016 at LTU's Transportation Design or Industrial Design program.  Scholarships cannot be transferred to another academic year, but contestants can make another submission the following year.
Graduates from Lawrence Tech’s program have 100% placement in industry with offers from: Ford, Chysler, GM, Nissan (London, UK), Peugeot (Paris, France), and VW (Wolfsburg, Germany). Become part of this exciting program and “make your mark” at the university and in industry by taking the first step by entering in this competition.  Winners will be invited and announced at the MAIN Event in front of industry leading designers and executives from around the world attending the Detroit International Auto Show!


Your challenge is to design a visually exciting vehicle exterior, interior, or product, with an aesthetic that communicates efficient performance. Reference the Falcon XR8 or Taurus SHO as your starting point. Research trends in electric motors, and batteries, then make sure that your design celebrates the unique advantages of an electric powertrain. 

Competition Details
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Competition Overview   Track Proposals and Examples 



Step 1: Register by Sunday November 1, 2015
Register for the Design Competition so you can be added to the contest newsletter list.

Register Here
Step 2: Apply to Lawrence Technological University by Sunday, November 8, 2015

(This must be completed before submitting your design proposal)

Apply Here

Step 3. Submit Design Proposal by Sunday, November 15, 2015

Submit your competition entries as JPEG or PDF files 

(file size limit is 10 MB).

Submit your work



Winners will be announced at the MAIN Event on Sunday January, 10, 2016.


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