Twenty-five students from 19 states have won college scholarships worth between $10,000 and $40,000 in a new national competition organized by the ACE Mentor Program. The program is a free afterschool program created by the integrated construction industry to attract students into pursuing industry-related careers.
The CMiC-Allen Berg Memorial scholarships are named in honor of the late founder of the construction management software company, CMiC. With the support of the Berg family, this program will award $400,000 in new scholarships annually for the next six years.
“The scholarships are a real career-booster for some of the most talented and promising of our thousands of students,” said Diana Eidenshink, ACE president. “Many of them come from families with limited means. Some scholarship winners are the first in their family to attend college. We expect them to be industry standouts during their careers.”
Selected on the basis of merit and financial need, scholarship winners this fall will enter accredited college programs in architecture, interior design and several engineering fields, including civil, mechanical, electrical, and architectural. Half of scholarship recipients are minority and more than two-thirds are female.
Founded in 1994, ACE, which stands for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering, annually engages 10,000 high school students in a free afterschool program lasting 15 sessions. Volunteer industry professionals mentor students and lead them through a hands-on simulation of designing and constructing buildings. ACE’s 74 affiliates operate in 37 states. Since its establishment, ACE has awarded $19 million in scholarships to help its students with post-secondary education and skilled crafts training. ACE is supported at the national and local level by major companies in the integrated construction industry. For more information visit www.acementor.org