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May 16, 2016
Member News

ACE Mentor Program Awards $48K in Scholarships at Annual Breakfast

By Amanda Weko | AGW Communications
ACE Mentor Program Eastern Pennsylvania Affiliate Director Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA

[Philadelphia, PA] Three industry awards were presented and nine scholarships totaling $48,000 for regional high school students were announced at the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania 2016 Scholarship Breakfast, Wednesday, May 11 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The 15th annual breakfast was the largest in the chapter’s history, attracting 460 members of the design and construction community.

“As our primary fundraiser, the annual scholarship breakfast supports the program and our students,” said ACE Mentor Program Eastern Pennsylvania Affiliate Director Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA. “It also provides our biggest forum for attracting new mentors.”

ACE Eastern Pennsylvania presented three industry leadership awards. The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region was recognized as Organization of the Year. The King of Prussia Mall Expansion was honored as Suburban Project of the Year. New College House at the University of Pennsylvania received the Urban Project of the Year Award.

Nine scholarships totaling $48,000 were awarded to ACE Mentor Program high school student participants during the breakfast program.

ACE alumnus Annina Baker, currently a junior mechanical engineering student Villanova University, spoke about how her experience in the ACE Mentor Program shaped her pursuit of an engineering career and made a meaningful impact on her future.

“Being able to learn from and work with professional engineers, contractors, and architects gave me great insight into their careers, and helped me decide on my own career path,” Baker said.

Board member Bob Capps of Allan Myers (formerly American Infrastructure) was honored with a Distinguished Service Award. Mentor Marie Wright of Worth & Company, Inc. was given the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award.

The ACE Mentor Program Eastern Pennsylvania Affiliate supported 11 city teams and five suburban teams for the 2015-2016 academic year, serving 250 total students from 36 different high schools. More than 128 professional mentors were involved, representing 72 firms in the architecture, engineering, and construction community.

About the ACE Mentor Program
The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania, is the local affiliate of a national non-profit organization. An acronym for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering, ACE engages, excites, and enlightens high school students to consider or pursue careers in the integrated construction industry through mentoring, scholarships, and grants. Students are recruited from public and private high schools in greater Philadelphia, with special efforts made to reach traditionally underrepresented women and minorities. As the design and construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, ACE reaches over 8,000 students annually. Nationally, over $12 million in scholarships have been awarded and countless young lives have been positively affected. For more information, visit

About the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region
The Finishing Trades Institute provides training for the apprentices and journeypersons of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 21, and is North America’s first and only Department of Education accredited union training program. FTI was honored for its commitment to education and ongoing initiatives, including partnership with ACE. For more information, visit

About the King of Prussia Mall Expansion
The 2.7-million-square-foot King of Prussia Mall is the nation’s second-largest shopping mall. Opened in 1963, and today owned by Simon Property Group, Inc., the mall includes more dedicated retail space than any other shopping center. When it is completed in August 2016, the expansion will offer 70 new retailers and a 155,000-square-foot elevated link that allows shoppers to traverse the entire mall without having to exit the facility. Phased construction, use of BIM to integrate all disciplines, and a high level of collaboration characterized the project. For more information, visit:

About New College House at the University of Pennsylvania
When it opens in Fall 2016, New College House will be the university’s first residential building designed specifically to support the college house system, which integrates living, learning, and social environments. LEED Gold certification is anticipated. The project will accommodate 344 residents in suites with private bedrooms and a host of common areas. For more information, visit:

Photo courtesy of Brian Lauer | Studio BML

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