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Ford Motor Company Fund's Heart Behind the Oval

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APR 09

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Scholarship title: Ford Motor Company Fund's Heart Behind the Oval

Applicable Majors: All fields of study

What Are The Rules?

Ford Blue Oval Scholars “Heart Behind the Oval” scholarship contest is open to all U.S. college students enrolled by September 30. High school seniors who are accepted to an accredited college or university and enrolled by September 30 are eligible.

No purchase necessary. Participants must be legal residents of the United States and/or the District of Columbia. One entry per person. Employees of Ford Motor Company (sponsor), CCO Communications, Inc. d.b.a. PCGCampbell (administrator), their subsidiaries, affiliates, and immediate family members are not eligible for the contest. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

A check will be awarded to each scholarship winner payable directly to the educational institution to be used for tuition in the upcoming academic year. Proof of enrollment must be provided prior to the start of the upcoming academic school year. The scholarship funds must be transferred no later than October 29.

How Do I Enter?

Eligible participants must provide an essay demonstrating what their heart is behind to make a difference in their communities. Ten semi-finalists will be selected and given an ULTRA HD FLIP Cam to produce a 3-minute video illustrating their community involvement. Scholarship winners will be selected based on the video submissions.

Ford Motor Company will be accepting written essay entries online or by mail starting on March 15 and ending on April 9. Written essays can be entered online at the Ford Blue Oval Scholars website (, or by mailing written essays to Ford Blue Oval Scholars Contest Headquarters, 3200 Greenfield Rd., Ste. 280, Dearborn, MI 48120.

Submitting an entry constitutes agreeing to the terms of these Official Rules and all decisions of Ford Motor Company and/or its designee, which are final and binding in all respects. Ford Motor Company is not responsible for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information or for entries which are garbled, damaged, incompletely received, otherwise defective or lost due to any reason, all of which will be voided. Participants assume all risk of lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or ineligible entries.

Once submitted, all essays and semi-finalist videos become the sole property of Ford Motor Company and can/will be used to promote company programs and services without further compensation or permission. Essays and videos will not be returned. All semi-finalist videos including student’s name and school will be posted for public viewing/voting on the Ford Blue Oval Scholars website, and/or Ford Motor Company’s social media pages

What Are The Essay Requirements?

All applicants must complete the contest registration form including: applicant’s full name, age, primary phone number, address, e-mail address, high school/college/university name and expected graduation date.

Online submission process and essay requirements:

  • Complete the online contest application at
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Essay must be a minimum of 1,000 characters and not exceed 2,000 character limit.
  • Your essay has been successfully uploaded when you receive confirmation on the website.

Mail-in submission process and essay requirements:

  • Print and complete the contest application from
  • Include a copy of your contest application in your essay submission envelope.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Essay must be typed and cannot exceed 2,000-character limit.
  • Please include your last name in the bottom right hand corner of each page.
  • Page formatting should be double spaced with a 12-point LEGIBLE font.
  • Essays should be double spaced on 8-1/2 x 11-unlined white paper.
  • Mail essay and contest application to Ford Blue Oval Scholars Contest Headquarters, 3200 Greenfield Rd., Ste. 280, Dearborn, MI 48120.
  • Submissions must be postmarked by April 9 and received by April 13.

What Are The Video Requirements? FOR SEMI-FINALISTS ONLY

Only the 10 selected semi-finalists will provide a video submission. Videos must demonstrate your written essay / what your heart is behind and how are you making a difference in your community. The deadline to submit video entries is 5:00 PM EST on May 6. Videos must be e-mailed to

Videos may not exceed 3-minutes in length and must be produced from the ULTRA FLIP Cam provided. Once submitted, an entry cannot be deleted, canceled or modified. Language in the video must be primarily English. Videos must be tasteful. Language will be evaluated by Ford Motor Company based on context and societal acceptability. Content must be intended for a family audience and must, in the sole and unfettered discretion of Ford Motor Company, be suitable for a general audience. The submission can and will be disqualified if:

  • Video contains any nudity or sexually explicit content.
  • Depicts violence or cruelty.
  • Attacks or disparages or presents in any false light any individual or group of people.

Video must not contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service other than Ford Motor Company.

Video must not contain any trademarks, copyrighted works or other intellectual property (other than as owned by contestant).

Any element(s) appearing in a video, including without limitation stills, clip art, supers, music (lyrics and/or melody) or other materials must be the contestant’s own original work, created and performed by the contestant, or be in the public domain. Use of any copyrighted elements or other materials that are not the contestant’s own original work, or not in the public domain, may result in disqualification.

Ford Motor Company reserves the right to reject and disqualify any video entry that it deems, in its sole discretion, to violate any of these content related requirements.

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