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OKLAHOMA CITY (September 6, 2018) – Students throughout Oklahoma will have an opportunity to showcase their design skills through a new scholarship program being offered by the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association (MADA), owner of the Oklahoma City Auto Show.

As part of the scholarship award, the OKC Auto Show will manufacture and produce one concept car designed by a student enrolled in Oklahoma collegiate design or engineering schools. MADA will cover all expenses related to the manufacture, production, marketing, transport, storage, exhibition and insurance of the concept car. MADA will also name the car make and model.

“We are extremely excited to be able to offer this great scholarship opportunity for the highly-skilled students here in Oklahoma,” Laine Diffee, MADA chairman, said. “This is a great chance for students to work on building their portfolio while potentially earning scholarship money they can use toward completing their degree.”

Interested parties will submit a 3-D schematic, computer-aided design of their concept car design by Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at 5 p.m. The dimensions are up to 15’ 10” length, 6’ 3” width (not including side-view mirrors), and up to 4’ 5” tall.

The submitted designs will be judged by the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association on Monday, Oct. 29. MADA will announce the winner of the $1,000 scholarship on Nov. 7.

“We know we have some tremendously talented students in Oklahoma and we wanted to be able to provide them an opportunity to show us what they can do,” Peter Hodges, MADA president, said. “We are excited to see the interesting designs, and we can’t wait to see what the winning car turns out to be.”

The concept car will be included in the auto show’s advertising campaign and will then be unveiled at the Oklahoma City Auto Show’s VIP Preview Party on March 7, 2019. It will then be officially on display for the entirety of the auto show March 8-10, 2019.

After the OKC Auto Show, the concept car will go on tour to be on display at many other auto shows who invested in its manufacture and production, for the remainder of 2019, 2020 and years after. Participating auto shows include:  The OKC Auto Show, The Tulsa Auto Show, and others to be announced in the future. MADA and its partners intend to continue this scholarship program beyond 2018.

For those wanting to participate, send an email to madapeter@coxinet.net

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association. The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the annual OKC Auto Show, Tulsa Auto Show and the Auto Show at the Oklahoma State Fair.