The ACE Mentor Program of Oregon this week awarded $80,000 in college scholarships to 16 Portland-area seniors interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction management and engineering.

By doing so, the local ACE program surpassed the half-million mark in college scholarships awarded since its inception in 2006-07.

“We received more applications than any previous year, from an amazing array of deserving students,” said ACE Board Secretary Eric Buschert of GBD Architects, head of the scholarship committee. “The scholarship committee devoted a great deal of time to selecting the best and brightest candidates, and we’re excited to award our largest total amount ever.”

This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • $8,000 scholarships:  Audrey Collins (Grant High); Hadley Carlberg (Tualatin High).
  • $5,000 scholarships: Ashley Ulberg (Tualatin High); Reid Wiley (Wilson High); Hunter Enz (Colton High); Alev Ersan (Milwaukie High); Colin Klein (Grant High); Sammy Longo (Central Catholic High); Sara Mohamed (Benson Polytechnic High); Brandt Yamamoto (Roosevelt High).
  • $4,000 scholarships:  Dario Rolon-Manzo and Samantha Wiegand (Benson Polytechnic High); David Mallery (Lincoln High); Kayla Coyne (Clackamas High); Diny Martinez-Villatoro (Parkrose High); Alexander Qui (West Linn High).

ACE is an after-school program that helps Portland-area high school students find their paths toward careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering. ACE inspires local students to go to college, helps them make informed career decisions, and uses business donations to provide college scholarships.

This year, 142 students participated in ACE and worked in teams with the support of 120 mentors. The independent nonprofit is staffed by the Portland Workforce Alliance.

Since 2006, the ACE Mentor Program of Oregon has awarded $539,000 in scholarships to 126 Oregon students. These young people are graduating from college and emerging as promising talent in their fields. For more information, please visit: www.acementor.org/portland-or

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