CID project is semi-finalist for Ford College Community Challenge grant

The Citizen Interaction Design (CID) project has been selected as one of the top 20 semi-finalists for a 2014 Ford College Community Challenge $25,000 grant.

Ford will choose up to ten outstanding proposals, which will each receive $25,000 to implement their projects. The winners will be selected and announced in mid-June. Each semi-finalist will create a short video showcasing their project. The videos will be uploaded to the Ford Blue Oval Scholars website/YouTube channel for public viewing.

CID partners University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) student teams with the local government of Jackson to help revolutionize citizen engagement with their local government and non-profit organizations through the design and implementation of new information tools. The intention is to provide students with mentorship opportunities while forming a relationship with the overall community.

The 2014 Ford College Community Challenge: “Building Sustainable Communities” is designed to empower student-led community-building projects at higher education organizations to address pressing local needs. Participants are urged to think broadly and explore a variety of topics: infrastructure and workforce needs; education pipeline issues; design issues; new approaches to student volunteerism and more.

Ford Blue Oval scholarships partners with leading edge educational organizations to provide grants to help students around the world achieve their goals and dreams. In 2012, The Ford Motor Company distributed over $1 million in scholarships to Blue Oval Scholars. These awards helped propel students through a course of study or fund a particular project and opened doors students may not otherwise have known existed.

Posted on May 28, 2014