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

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2021 scholarship recipients




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Read all about it

Check out some local coverage of our scholarship awards.

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Listen to a podcast about ACE

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


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ACE Mentor Program offers a free after-school program for high school students to learn about careers in architecture, construction, or engineering. We hope to be back in person in the fall of 2021, but we will continue to offer a remote option for students in the Greater Boston area who prefer that option. Click here to learn more about the program and to sign up to be notified when we open student enrollment for next year.

Watch the attached video to learn more about what to expect from ACE Mentor Program: learning by tackling a design project as part of a team.


Learn more about next year’s program

Join us for our

Student Showcases

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Five events March 8-10

Our ACE students have been working hard with their mentors to prepare a design of a residential home. The students are working 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 have been meeting weekly with their mentors. This year, instead of one big Student Showcase, we are offering five virtual Student Showcases, one for each team. If your student normally attends the ACE session at a certain time, their Student Showcase will be at the same time.

Click here to RSVP

ACE Scholarship Application

The ACE Greater Boston scholarship application was available to apply beginning January 10. The deadline has now passed for the Class of 2021 to apply.   Decisions will be announced soon. Read about the scholarship process here.

A student from the Class of 2020 with her scholarship check.

What to expect for College

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ACE Presents NOMA speaker photos

ACE Presents NOMA session 2: Real Time with Design Students

January 14 5 PM.

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Join us as a 2020 sponsor

We have decided it’s best to wait until May of 2021 to all gather in person again, and the 2021 celebration will be better than ever. In the meantime, we can’t let next years’ senior class lose out on scholarship opportunities because of a cancelled event. We have set a goal to raise $200,000 virtually by August 25th, 2020, with your help. This money will help to replenish the scholarship fund so that the Senior Class of 2021 can still be rewarded for all their hard work in the ACE program. ACE supports students from diverse backgrounds: last year, 82% of our students were people of color; thirty-five per cent were girls. More than half (55%) attend Boston Public Schools, and 94% attend public high schools or charter schools. The below link will bring you to our 2020 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

Check out our Annual Report!

Read about our 2019-2020 year of ACE.

Find out about ACE Alumni Opportunities

Keep in touch with ACE to maximize your career potential.

Join us for ACE presents NOMA: Real Time with Designers

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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

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Free after school program for high school students

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All students welcome

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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



  • Mike Tecci
  • President Emeritus


Participation in the  program and pursuit of an  ACE related career are  required for eligibility for a  partial college scholarship.



Job Opportunities

Working with mentors opens up  opportunities for job  shadowing, potential  internships and more! Former ACE of Greater Boston students are currently working for our industry partners!



Career Awareness

Students’ exposure to many  disciplines and specialties  associated with the  construction industry  helps them decide which  one – if any – are right for them.


Final presentations

Click here to view the 2020 Final Presentation files.

ACE Mentor gratefully acknowledges major support from the Cummings Foundation

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The Cummings Foundation