The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania hosted 460 members of the architecture, engineering, and construction communities Wednesday, May 11 at the Crystal Tea Room for an annual recognition of industry leaders and announcement of scholarships.
[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.
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