ACE Mentor Program


ECF partners with ACE and other Chicago design firms to share the passion of the industry with students.


Chicago- ACE Mentor Program of America

ACE’s mission is to inform and excite high school students about career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering; encourage students to pursue secondary and post-secondary education that will prepare them for careers in the integrated construction industry; and support the development of basic and technical skills through mentoring relationships.



3 Years

Scholarships awarded






Scholarships are especially important to ACE Students because many of them are the first in their family to attend college and often have limited resources to achieve their dreams of higher education.


"I am so thankful for your work and the Foundation, for helping me continue my studies... thanks to you I am more hopeful that I will be able to achieve my goal."

- 2018 Scholarship Recipient


Student Work

ACE students work hard to create a presentation in which they present to family, friends, and mentors at the end of each year. The presentation shows their design and problem solving processes, along with final images of what they have designed. Each student speaks about a part of the project that they had a role in.

2016-2017 ACE Students created a Culinary Incubator in the West Loop, Chicago.