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ACE Mentor Program Awards $60K in Scholarships at 16th Annual Breakfast!

The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania hosted 350 members of the architecture, engineering, and construction communities Wednesday, May 17 at the Crystal Tea Room for an annual scholarship presentation and awards ceremony.

[Philadelphia, PA]  Thirteen scholarships totaling $60,000 were presented to regional high school students at the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania 16th Annual Scholarship Breakfast, Wednesday, May 17 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. Scholarships will allow students to continue their education in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields.

ACE also presented three awards recognizing significant impact on the Philadelphia region’s built environment:

  • Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, received the ACE Person of the Year Award.
  • Swarthmore Town Center West in Swarthmore, Pa., received the ACE Suburban Project of the Year Award.
  • Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia received the ACE Urban Project of the Year Award.

“As our primary fundraiser, the annual scholarship breakfast directly supports our students,” said ACE Mentor Program Eastern Pennsylvania Affiliate Director Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA. “This year, we put the focus on the program’s impact, with all remarks presented by ACE students and alumni. The breakfast showcased their poise, talent, and drive for success in the integrated architecture, construction, and engineering industry.”

ACE alumni Kirsten Wilde, EIT, of Schnabel Engineering; David Kane of Lidl US Operations; Kevin Brown, EIT, of Urban Engineers; Jason Jiang, 2017 graduate of Philadelphia University; Geoffrey Milord, current student at Temple University; and Breanna Sheeler, current student at Philadelphia University, provided remarks during the ceremony about the impact the ACE Mentor Program has made on their lives, from education and career guidance to financial stability and a professional network.

“Because the financial burdens of school were alleviated,” explained Wilde in her welcome remarks, “I was able to dedicate my time to extracurricular activities, including involvement in the Society of Women Engineers, and co-op work experiences made possible through my ACE contacts.”

For academic year 2016-2017, the ACE Mentor Program Eastern Pennsylvania’s 11 teams of professional mentors served 300 students from Philadelphia high schools; another 150 students participated on suburban teams. Mentors, sponsors, and attendees at the breakfast represented over 100 different companies in the region’s design and construction community.

About Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia: ACE Person of the Year

Jane Golden has overseen the growth of Mural Arts Philadelphia from a small city agency to the nation’s largest mural program and a model for community development around the globe. Under Golden’s direction, the Mural Arts program has created more than 4,000 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofits, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. For more information visit:

About Swarthmore Town Center West: ACE Suburban Project of the Year

The Swarthmore Town Center West complex was an intensely collaborative and strategically planned mixed-use development completed in May 2016 to serve as the new Swarthmore College portal and gathering place for visitors, alumni, and community. For more information visit:

About Museum of the American Revolution: ACE Urban Project of the Year

The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its rich collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries, and works of art. Immersive galleries, theater experiences, and recreated historical environments bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. For more information visit

Photos courtesy of Brian Lauer | Studio BML

Live Music courtesy of Element K | Shore Bets Entertainment