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ACE Cleveland Program Awards $113,500 and Receives $100,000 from Construction Employers Association for Students with Interest in Construction, Architecture and Engineering

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The banquet hall at Windows on the River was filled with pride, anticipation and excitement as students participating in the Architecture, Construction, Engineering Mentor Program of America (ACE), presented on the Cleveland Cultural Garden Visitor Center and Gateway, which they worked on over this school year, 20 students from six CMSD high schools received $113,500 in scholarships to further their interests and college education.

Construction Employers Association (CEA), announced a $100,000 endowment to the Cleveland Foundation to support the ACE Cleveland program. This award is part of CEA's Centennial Celebration. “We put our money where our mouth is,” said Don Dreier, acting Chairman of the CEA’s Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of Donley’s Inc. “Our $100,000 donation shows that we believe in the students and the results that we’ve seen from their participation in the ACE Mentoring Program,” he offered.

The ACE chapter has awarded nearly 100 scholarships totaling $450,000 in the past seven years, students also are provided mentors while students and in college and have opportunities for paid internships.

Melissa Caudaro, a 2013 James Rhodes graduate, shared her experience with the ACE program is one that she will never forget. “The mentors in the ACE program are the biggest asset,” she said, “because, just like the students, they each have individual areas that they're knowledgeable in. The mentors were always there to offer guidance and advice, not just about the project we were working on, but about life beyond high school.”

When asked about the benefits she received from the ACE program, Melissa said it made her realize her leadership potential. “The program helped mold me into the driven, out-going, organized and responsible leader I am today. It was the leadership and drive that ACE instilled in me that led me to graduate from a four-year University in just two and a half years at the age of 20. The generous scholarship I received from ACE and College Now made me realize I had a group of people that supported me and were waiting to watch me succeed. It was because of them that I became the first person in my family to receive a college degree.”

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