Giving Tuesday 2021

On November 30, 2021, Giving Tuesday, National Gypsum made an amazing $35,000 donation to the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston, on the recommendation of the Portsmouth Gold Bond plant. A huge thank you to everyone who made this possible, especially Ray Houle of New England Finish, who insists on using Gold Bond products in his builds, and to Tony Visconti and James Bennett of National Gypsum. We are so grateful for your support, and we loved the tour, where we saw the product being engineered and manufactured. Wow! #givingtuesday2021 #NationalGypsum #goldbondbuildingproducts #acementor #acementorboston #mentoringmatters

Image of representatives of ACE Mentor Program accepting a check for $35,000 from National Gypsum, in front of the Portsmouth #GoldBondProducts plant.

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Our 2020-2021 Annual Report is ready for viewing. Check it out here!


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Join us as a 2021 sponsor

We made it through a year of COVID without missing a beat, thanks to our amazing sponsors like you. Help us meet our goals to award $180,000 in new scholarships this year for ACE graduating seniors! Your tax-deductible gift provides college scholarships for students who otherwise would not have opportunities to pursue careers in the architecture, construction, or engineering fields. Thank you for making a difference! We have set a goal to raise $200,000 virtually by September 15, 2021, with your help. This money will help to replenish the scholarship fund so that the Senior Class of 2022 can still be rewarded for all their hard work in the ACE program. ACE supports students from diverse backgrounds: last year, 78% of our students were people of color; forty-eight per cent were girls. More than a quarter (27%) attend Boston Public Schools, and 89% attend public high schools or charter schools. The below link will bring you to our 2021 fundraising page. We hope if you have sponsored in the past you will consider sponsoring again. We hope if you have not sponsored in the past, that this year, when the funds are needed more than ever, you will consider making a donation. Any amount helps, and the fundraising page further details each of the sponsorship opportunities. Please click through and sponsor or donate if you can.  




Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs

ACE Class of 2021

This year, we are proud to have awarded $168,000 in scholarships for our 2021 seniors for their college and university studies. Twenty-seven seniors received scholarships, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. See all of the scholarship recipients here .


“Congratulations to our 2021 Seniors. We are proud of you, and we look forward to seeing what you do next, and seeing you at our alumni events!

Mike Harris

Scholarship Chair | Mentor

We awarded $168,000 in scholarships this year to 27 seniors for their college and university studies.



Our students plan to pursue degrees in architecture, construction management, engineering, and related fields.

ACE students report that they are better prepared to take on challenging majors thanks to the program.

“The most valuable lesson I have learned from ACE is to communicate. When a project is huge–full of different industry groups–communication allows for understanding and clarity of a project in terms of what is being done and what needs to be done.”

Nick Pham

Scholarship Recipient | ARUP

ACE Scholarships 2021

See all of our college scholarship recipients here .

You are looking at the future of the A/C/E industries.


Our strategic plan

Adopted April 2021

  1. Increase fundraising.

2. Sustainable growth.

Graphic illustrating four goals of ACE's strategic plan: 1) diversify fundraising, 2) sustainable growth of 10% per year in students served and mentors, 3) create an alumni program, 4) diversify our board and mentor pool.

3. Alumni engagement


4. Board and program diversity.


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Read all about it

Check out some local coverage of our scholarship awards.

Read the article

Listen to a podcast about ACE

Cindy Stumpo interviewed ACE President Casey Williams for her “Tough As Nails” podcast.


Listen to the podcast


Find out about ACE Alumni Opportunities

Keep in touch with ACE to maximize your career potential.

In 2019-2020, the ACE Mentor Program students designed a library with their mentors. The program allows students to do “everything up to putting the shovel in the ground.” Watch the video to see how their time together positively impacted both students and mentors.



Spring 2021

Student Showcases

Find Out More

Five events March 8-10, 2021

Our ACE students have been worked hard with their mentors to prepare a design of a residential home. The students designed within a real site plan, real zoning constraints, a budget, green building requirements, and more to simulate the process of designing and building in real life.

The students met weekly online with their mentors. This year, instead of one big Student Showcase, we offered five virtual Student Showcases, one for each team.

Click here to RSVP

What to expect for College

Register Here for the Zoom Link

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ACE Presents NOMA session 2: Real Time with Design Students

January 14 5 PM.

Register Here


Check out our Annual Report!

Read about our 2019-2020 year of ACE.

Join us for ACE presents NOMA: Real Time with Designers

Register here

Join us on Thursday, November 12 at 5 PM to hear from real designers about their career path into the architecture and design industry and gain insight into your future pathway. Be ready for a fun and engaging conversation about what you can do next!

What is NOMA? National Organization of Minority Architects Mission: BosNOMA holds a critical responsibility in Boston’s larger building and design community in helping to foster the advancement of equitable practice and minority leadership. Our primary focus is on architects, designers and those that share a vital role in the growth of professionalism, engagement with the community and development of the built environment. Our mission is three-fold: Achieve diversity and socioeconomic awareness, establish strategic partnerships and most importantly, invest in the next generation.

ACE is a Guidestar Gold Charity

For Students & Parents

Career Exposure


Free after school program for high school students

For Sponsoring Firms

Sponsor a scholarship

Diversify the fields

Provide opportunities

Sponsor Today

For Educators

Hands-on learning

All students welcome

Career pathways

For Mentors

Give back


Have fun

Our Mission & History

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston aims to create a holistic student support and career exposure program where high school students from Greater Boston — who otherwise would not have the opportunity — learn about the architecture, construction, and engineering industries. With our carefully-designed engagement with predominantly underrepresented youth through hands-on, project based programming, we hope to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction management, and engineering. We engage mentors and offer college scholarships to support the program graduates in their continued advancement in the ACE fields.

ACE Mentor Greater Boston is an affiliate of ACE Mentor Program of America. Founded in 2007, ACE Mentor Greater Boston is led by an all-volunteer board and active group of volunteer mentors and coordinators. ACE marshals approximately 85 volunteers each year to mentor and support students in the program.

ACE is a 501(c)3 charity, tax ID #51-0465877.

ACE gratefully acknowledges major support from the The Cummings Foundation



ACE Mentor gratefully acknowledges major support from the Cummings Foundation

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The Cummings Foundation