LTU transportation design student Stephen Leu is one of the five recipients of the inaugural $10,000 William Clay Ford Automotive Design Scholarship.
The other four winners are from the College of Creative Studies, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Art Center College of Art and Design in Pasadena, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
The scholarship recipients were given a tour of the Product Development Center at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn and met with Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford.
Ford talked to the scholarship winners and asked them to discuss their favorite car designs. Leu chose the Tesla Model X, which was formally introduced on Sept. 29, and the Ford chairman agreed that it was an exciting design.
Last year Leu interned at Ford’s Product Design Center, so he saw some familiar faces during the tour.
Shortly after the death of William Clay Ford Sr. in 2014, Ford Motor Company announced it would commit $1 million in automotive design scholarships over the next 20 years.
“Design was Mr. Ford’s passion, and his creative vision transformed vehicle design at Ford,” said Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services when the scholarship fund was announced last year. “We are honoring William Clay Ford’s legacy by encouraging and supporting the next generation of innovative automotive designers through this scholarship.”
Ford Fund distributes more than $8 million every year in scholarships aimed at encouraging students studying in the STEM disciplines. These include the Alan Mulally Engineering Scholarship, Ford Collage Alliance, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford College Community Challenge, and Heart Behind the Oval.