ACE Mentor Program
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:30 am – 10:00 am
ACE 18th Scholarship Breakfast
Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building,
100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA
ACE engages and enlightens high school students to careers in architecture (A), construction (C), and engineering (E) through mentoring, scholarships, and grants.
Students are recruited from public and private schools, with special effort made to reach women and minorities, who are underrepresented in ACE fields. The national non-profit after-school program uses a team model with industry professionals serving as mentors. Teams of students work on instructional and stimulating activities, including field trips to construction sites, discussions with project managers, tours of professional offices, visits with local building trades, and more. In addition, each team works on a design project that addresses real-life concerns, fosters STEM skills, and encourages collaboration.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, ACE Greater Philadelphia serves 300+ students on 17 teams in Philadelphia, three teams in Montgomery County (East Norriton, Pottsgrove, and Spring-Ford), one team in West Chester, and a new team in Camden, N.J., that launched in January. Over 160 volunteer mentors representing 70 regional firms donate their time to ACE.
The annual Scholarship Breakfast typically attracts more than 400 guests, who join ACE board members and mentors to honor industry leadership and celebrate our students. ACE students attend and actively participate in the program; ACE alumni offer keynote statements on the program’s importance to their career development. Through the support of our sponsors, ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia has awarded more than $586,000 in scholarships and grants since 2002.