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.

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2021 Scholarship Presentation

ACE Mentor of Greater Boston offers scholarships for our ACE seniors who are applying to college, university, or trade school.

You can review the College Scholarship Presentation below or click here to download the PDF.

If you are visually impaired and would prefer to get the presentation in Microsoft Word format, click here.

2021 Scholarship Presentation


ACE Pres. Emeritus Mike Tecci with scholarship recipient Ralph Paul

Quick facts

Deadline to apply: Friday, Feb. 12th at 11:59 PM.

You can apply beginning on January 10.

To be eligible, you must be a high school senior.

You must be participating in the ACE Mentor Program (Boston chapter) this year or have completed one year of the program in the past.

On the application submission section, DO NOT click section 2 until you are ready to submit.

Even if you expect to defer next fall, apply now!

The deadline has passed. The scholarship awards will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Selected slides from the presentation are below. To download the entire presentation, click here .

Online learning adaptions

Due to COVID and public health guidance, ACE of Greater Boston is running our signature after-school program online this year, with students attending one hour per week:

Monday 5:00-6:00 (NU) – started Oct 19
Tuesday 4:00-5:00 (WIT) – started Oct 20
Tuesday 5:00-6:00 (RCC) – started Oct 20
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 (BSA) – started Oct 21
Wednesday 5:00-6:00 (SMMA) – started Oct 21

We are also sponsoring a series of optional career panels on some Thursdays in collaboration with the National Organization of Minority Architects.

ACE spent the summer adapting our hands-on, project-based learning model for online delivery. A great deal of care and planning went into how to sustain our strong mentoring relationships in a virtual setting. We have put hours of work into creating and mailing activity kits to students to ensure that every student has what they need to participate. We are excited to see students digging in and participating actively in our shared project of designing a home.

“Here, one of our students displays the structure she designed during an early session, when the focus was on how to build from a plan.”

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.




Students of Color





Scroll down to see the students’ final presentations

During the 2019-2020 school year, each team of students worked with their mentors to design a library within an assigned program and budget. ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston had five partner sites this year that hosted student teams–Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston Society for Architects, Northeastern University, SMMA Architects, and Wentworth Institute of Techology–and each team independently made a design. All five are captured below.



Are you curious about what the ACE Mentor Program is like, from the perspective of a student or a mentor? Check out this video that takes you into our collaborative design process.


Photo of graduating senior Abdi with his scholarship check

On March 11, ACE Mentor Greater Boston held a small celebration for our 31 high school seniors at Wentworth Institute of Technology, awarding $152,000 in college scholarships help them pursue careers in the field. The event was a stripped-down version of our normal final Student Showcase, due to precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most of our mentors were asked to stay home, and we missed the chance to give our best wishes in person, with a hearty handshake. Instead, elbows were bumped, and a few mentors representing the discipline and site leads gave congratulations on behalf of all of us. Students did not get to deliver their final presentations, but they did get the chance to say a few words, if desired, to describe their experience in the program. Students, you will go off to college with our best wishes. Please keep in touch with ACE and follow our Linked In company page to learn about upcoming alumni events.
31 high school students pose with their mentors and giant scholarship checks


Final Presentations

Click here to view the 2020 Final Presentation files.