Heart Behind the Oval


Contest Overview

On behalf of Ford Motor Company Fund, we are excited to announce the 2015 Heart Behind the Oval Contest. This exclusive contest is open to the Ford Blue Oval Network and asks applicants to demonstrate the important work they do to improve their communities. Winning applicants will receive a college scholarship and grant funding to complete a project intended to further benefit their communities.



The Heart Behind the Oval Contest is open to college students and high school seniors registered to the Ford Blue Oval Network and asks applicants to propose a tangible project in partnership with a local non-profit or charitable organization that addresses the theme of “Driving a Brighter Future.”

Eligible participants must submit a brief essay including 1-2 photos that addresses how they are “Driving a Brighter Future.” Participants should outline what they are currently doing to make a difference in their communities and identify a project that they could complete to further their impact.

Winning entries should identify a non-profit partner and outline a unique and collaborative project that they could complete together to serve their target community. Ford will select up to 10 semi-finalists who will compete for funding via public voting.



The top three entries with the most votes will receive scholarship and grant funds to complete their proposed project. The entries placing fourth to tenth in the public voting will receive a prize for participation. Prize values are as follows:

  • 1st Place - $2,500 scholarship, $1,000 grant
  • 2nd Place - $1,500 scholarship, $1,000 grant
  • 3rd Place - $1,000 scholarship, $1,000 grant
  • 4th – 10th Place - $100 gift card


Past Winners Success Stories:


  • Alex Monyhan and Camp Kesem youth showing off their mural which now hangs at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Camp Kesem is a camp for children and teens that have or have had a parent with cancer.

  • In partnership with Detroit’s Brightmoor Neighborhood, Annie Melcher recruited a team of her peers to build a water catchment system intended to collect rainwater for use in Brightmoor’s Youth Garden.

  • Mariarosaria Di Palo engaged youth in the Brightmoor Neighborhood to brainstorm creative ideas for improving the look of the blighted and neglected areas of their community. Together, they boarded up 20 abandoned houses and added unique paintings to beautify the area.




August 19 – September 23, 2015 Contest Submission Period
October 9 – October 19, 2015 Public Voting Period
Late October, 2015 Winners Announced