Since the program was started in 2000, the Chicago ACE Mentor Program has awarded its participants over $2 million dollars in renewable four-year college scholarships and has provided over 250 paid summer internships. Through these opportunities and through the hundreds of hours of one-on-one mentoring they receive, the students gain a broad understanding of career possibilities, real-life and real-work experience, confidence in working with others, and enthusiasm for the part they can play in the industry.

A Closer Look at ACE Chicago Students

  • Male
  • Female
  • African American
  • Hispanic
  • Caucasian
  • Asian
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Charter
  • Suburban
  • Private

ACE Chicago By The Numbers

563 Scholarships Awarded
Over 1,700 Students Participated
210 Mentors Volunteering Time

Through ACE, students acquire a set of skills and experiences that are often cited as essential for the 21st-century workplace:

Critical thinking and problem-solving
Teamwork and collaboration

Creativity and innovation
Information technology application

Communication in a cross-cultural environment

ACE equips students, regardless of their ultimate career choice, to appreciate the built environment and thus to be better citizens of the world that we build for ourselves.

Many former students of the program have gone on to get their degrees in architecture, construction, and engineering and are now back in Chicago working in the firms they interned with in high school. Sponsor the Chicago ACE Mentor Program to support college scholarships for ACE students to make this dream a reality for Chicago high school students.

Annual Luncheon

On Friday, March 6, 2020, in the iconic Chicago Hilton Grand Ballroom, the Chicago ACE Mentor Program will hold its annual luncheon, celebrating 20 years of mentoring and support of Chicago high school students who have an interest in architecture, construction, and engineering.

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