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General Contribution to ACE

About Us

Started in 2000, the ACE Mentor Program of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, Inc. (ACE DC) is a partnership of architects, construction managers, engineers, designers, professional societies and organizations, high schools and universities.

Through this partnership, we provide mentors who guide student teams from the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and Maryland public schools as they explore educational and career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering. The teams meet every other week after school.

ACE DC has active teams in:

  • Arlington County
  • City of Alexandria
  • District of Columbia
  • Fairfax County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George’s County
  • Prince William County

2010 Greater DC Cares Winner.

Our Programs

The teams meet every other week after school, or more frequently depending on student interest. During our program year (October – May), each of ACE DC’s multi-disciplinary teams tailors its program to inform, challenge and actively engage its members.

Team activities include:

  • Construction site tours
  • Professional office visits
  • Guided excursions to college campuses
  • “Hands-on” projects designed to help students learn architecture, engineering and construction industry fundamentals

The program year concludes with formal team project presentations at the American Institute of Architects’ national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Following presentations, we award completion to all students and mentors.

Thank You Sponsors!, the Alumni Association and other partners of the greater community.

Our Scholarships

Since our interest in these students extends to their eventual successful education and employment in the design and construction industry, we provide college scholarships to selected graduates. To date, we have awarded $328,000 in college scholarships to 98 high school graduates.

In addition to scholarships, our mentor firms offer summer jobs to qualified students, and universities keep in close touch with our program to identify potential applicants for admission.

Scholarships Available
View Scholarship Instructions.
Deadline: March 31, 2016.

For questions, email us.
Open to current ACE DC Mentor students only who are currently in their senior year.


Mary Bradford
Phone & Email
Affiliate Director
Phone: 301.257.0748

Paul Choquette III
President – ACE Mentor Program of the Greater Washington, Inc.
Gilbane Building Co.
1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22201

Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of local industry leaders who make a significant contribution to our chapter. We are grateful for their continuing support.
View our board members.


View Our Sponsors


Mentor Overview

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