ACE Mentor Program Hosts 18th Annual Scholarship Breakfast;
Bestows $60K in Scholarships and Four Industry Awards
Friday, May 31, 2019
The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia hosted 400 guests Thursday, May 23, 2019 for an annual scholarship presentation and awards ceremony at The Crystal Tea Room.[Philadelphia, Pa.] The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia, the local affiliate of the nation’s fastest-growing student mentoring program, hosted 400 friends of the design, construction, and academic communities Thursday, 23 May 2019 at the Crystal Tea Room for its 18th Annual Scholarship Breakfast & Awards Ceremony.
Eleven students received ACE scholarships totaling $60,000. Scholarships will enable students to continue their education in architecture, construction, and engineering fields through college or construction trade programs.
“Our annual breakfast directly supports our students,” said ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia Executive Director Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA. “In addition to highlighting the winning students, we also showcase the poise, talent, and successes of recent alumni who provide remarks throughout the program.”
ACE alumni Breanna Sheeler of WRT; Alexsis Davis, currently attending Temple University; Kenneth Murphy of Make the World Better; DeShaye Carter, currently attending Drexel University; Cornelius Middleton, a 2019 Rowan University graduate with a master’s degree in construction management; Amanda Ngov of WSP; and Jason Jiang of SITIO architecture + urbanism spoke during the breakfast about how the ACE Mentor Program shaped them personally and professionally.
ACE also presented four awards to industry leaders in Philadelphia’s design and construction community:
Person of the Year: Nick Bayer, Founder and CEO of Saxbys
Project of the Year: The Met Philadelphia, Revitalization of the Metropolitan Opera House
Organization of the Year: Cooper’s Ferry Partnership of Camden, N.J.
Partnership of the Year: CREW Philadelphia
Outstanding Mentor of the Year: Tim Stringfellow of Torcon, Inc.
About the ACE Mentor Program
The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia is the local affiliate of a national non-profit organization. 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 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 more information, visit https://www.acementorphilly.online.
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. Through the support of annual breakfast sponsors, ACE Greater Philadelphia has awarded more than $646,000 in scholarships and grants since 2002.
Photos © Joe Garvin on behalf of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia.