|[March 14, 2014]
Ford Fund Announces $1 Million William Clay Ford Automotive Design Scholarship
DEARBORN, Mich. --(Business Wire)--
Ford Motor Company (News - Alert) Fund will award $1 million in automotive design
scholarships during the next 20 years to commemorate the late William
Clay Ford's contributions to the design legacy of Ford Motor Company.
Throughout his 57 years as an employee and board member, Mr. Ford was
instrumental in setting the company's design direction, overseeing
development of a number of classic vehicles, including the iconic
Lincoln Continental Mark II. He served as chairman of the design
committee at Ford for 32 years.
"Design was Mr. Ford's passion, and his creative vision transformed
vehicle design at Ford," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company
Fund and Community Services. "We are honoring William Clay Ford's legacy
by encouraging and supporting the next generation of innovative
automotive designers through this scholarship."
The grant will be paid at the rate of $50,000 per year during the next
20 years, awarding five $10,000 scholarships annually to outstanding
college sophomores or juniors pursuing a degree in automotive design.
Details of the program will be announced in the coming months.
William Clay Ford's role in design
On July 17, 1952, Mr. Ford was appointed manager of special product
operations in charge of a group of engineers and designers engaged in
advanced planning of the Lincoln Continental Mark II. The Continental
Mark II was the successor to the classic Lincoln Continental developed
under the direction of Mr. Ford's father, Edsel Ford, and introduced in
1939. The Continental Mark II is considered to be among the greatest
cars ever built.
Mr. Ford told the Henry Ford Museum he wanted to closely follow the
designs of the original Linoln Continental. That included matching the
ratio of window glass to sheet metal, re-creating the intimate feel of
the interior controls, as well as mounting the spare tire in an
impression in the sheet metal of the trunk, recalling the original
Continental's outside-mounted spare.
"I wanted the spare tire in the back. That was the trademark of a
Continental," Mr. Ford said. "We took most of the basic proportions of
that car and tried to keep those same proportions in the Mark II, and I
think we did pretty well at it."
When the design committee of the company's policy and strategy committee
was formed in 1957, Mr. Ford became its first chairman, a post he held
until he retired from Ford Motor Company in 1989. Mr. Ford was appointed
vice president, product design, in 1973.
In addition, he received an honorary doctor of science degree from the
Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., in 1981.
More information on Mr. Ford and his legacy can be found here.
Ford Fund support of art and design
Ford Motor Company Fund is an established supporter of the arts, as well
as design and arts education. Longtime partnerships include the
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits (Washington, D.C.), Detroit
Institute of Arts, College for Creative Studies (Detroit) and Art Center
College of Design (Pasadena). At the high school level, Ford Fund is a
founding sponsor of Henry Ford Academy (Dearborn), Henry Ford Academy:
Alameda School for Art and Design (San Antonio) and Henry Ford Academy:
School for Creative Studies (Detroit).
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community
partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For
more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing
funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills
for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and
interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through
programs that enhance high school learning and provide college
scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps,
25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better
their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.
For news releases, related materials and high-resolution photos and
video, visit www.media.ford.com.
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