Wege Prize High School Collaborative Studio

Let's empower high school students to address complex problems with design
solutions that help build a better future, for people and the planet. 


KCAD's Wege Prize High School Collaborative Studio is a summer workshop that immerses student participants in the solving of complex “wicked” problems through the lens of whole systems design thinking, sustainability, and the circular economy.

Based on the framework of KCAD's international collegiate student design competition, Wege Prize, the two-week workshop provides participants with an active learning experience in which they’ll work in facilitated collaborative groups—led by highly-qualified instructors—to research and concept solutions to wicked regional problems through the design process and present their work to community leaders. 

Along the way, Wege Prize High School Collaborative Studio participants will build skills, knowledge, experience, perspective, and professional connections that will expand their career opportunity and inspire them to become more actively engaged with the world around them. 

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2023 Cohort - Now Accepting Applications!

2023 Program Dates

July 24–August 4, 2023 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30pm)

2023 Application Deadline

June 26, 2023

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Who is eligible to participate?

  • The Wege Prize High School Collaborative Studio is open to Michigan high school students entering their junior or senior year of study. 
  • Interested students must apply for consideration and be accepted in order to participate. 
  • Each summer cohort will be made up of 15 student participants.
  • There is no cost to participate. 

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What will I get out of the experience? 

  • A $500 stipend
  • Daily lunches (provided free of charge)
  • A certificate of completion
  • Community network building and professional mentoring
  • Letters of reccomendation (for college and/or internship applications)
  • Portfolio-quality design work

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How can I apply to participate? 

  1. Download the 2023 application form
  2. Complete the Student Information and Student Interests sections of the form yourself
  3. Have a personal and/or professional reference (teacher, counselor, or employer) complete the Reference section of the form
  4. Email the completed form to [email protected]


2022 Cohort Final Presentations

Wege Prize and the Wege Prize High School Collaborative Studio are organized by KCAD's Wege Center for Sustainable Design with the support of The Wege Foundation. 

Contact Wege Prize High School Collaborative Studio

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 616.299.4927