May 22, 2023 – Last week, students in the ACE Mentor Program of Oregon wrapped up the 2023 program with final presentations to their mentors, families and fellow teammates. ACE also awarded $115,000 in scholarships to16 graduating seniors interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction management, engineering and the trades.

 By doing so, ACE has exceeded $1 million in scholarships awarded locally since the program’s inception in 2006-07.

This year’s scholarship recipients

$10,000 scholarship: Marelynn de Jesus, De La Salle North Catholic Highl; Armando Ferrusca, Roosevelt High; Fernanda Gonzalez Huerta, Westview Highl; Orion Coelho, Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering; Jenny Le, David Douglas High

$9,000 scholarship: Dareenka Afanasyev, McKay High, Career Technical Education Center

$8,000 scholarship: Valerie Lam, Sunset High; Mia Stonelake, Lakeridge Highl; Pahlychai Thao, Oregon City High

$5,000 scholarship: Diego Lucas Ocampo, Franklin High; Owen Magnusen, Tigard High; Maxwell Dahl, Southridge High; Abigail Crowe, Franklin High

$4,000 scholarship: Isabella Jacobs, Grant High; Georgia Hoffbeck, St. Mary's Academy; Brandon Walker, Clackamas Middle College


“It was great to have our ACE teams meet in person again this year, which is a huge benefit to both our students and mentors,” said ACE Board Member Jeff Becksfort of PAE, one of ACE’s longtime lead mentors. “This was particularly displayed by our scholarship applicants this year who have such inspiring experiences and stories. The future is really bright for our industry to have these future talented professionals pursuing a career in Architecture, Construction or Engineering for the built environment.”

About ACE: ACE is an after-school mentoring program that helps nearly 150 Portland-area high school students a year find their paths toward careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering through hands-on, project-based career learning. ACE inspires local students to go to college, helps them make informed career decisions, and uses business donations to provide college scholarships. ACE is an independent nonprofit that contracts with the Portland Workforce Alliance for staffing and shares a similar mission. For more information, please visit:


ACE Mentor Program exceeds $1 million mark in local scholarships