ACE Mentor Program of Oregon awards $84,000 in college scholarships to Portland-area seniors

What a remarkable year it has been for ACE Mentor Program of Oregon!

We wrapped up the 2019 sessions last night with final team presentations and scholarship awards. ACE awarded $84,000 in college scholarships to 17 high school seniors, surpassing a milestone: Our local chapter has given more than $623,000 in scholarships since its inception.

We’re grateful for our sponsoring businesses and individual donors who make these opportunities possible, as well as for the army of volunteer mentors who worked with more than 150 participating students this year. Because of this team effort, our program is giving students the confidence, skills and resources to pursue their career goals in architecture, construction management and engineering

This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • $8,000 scholarship:       Claressa Davis (St. Mary’s Academy)
  • $6,000 scholarships:       Johana Amani (Roosevelt High); Makayla Bruce (Wilsonville High);  Nguyen Duong Gresham High); William Kaigh (Lincoln High); Jonah LaDuca (South Salem High); Riley Skyles (Central Catholic High)
  • $4,000 scholarships:       Carina Carmona (De La Salle North Catholic High); Isabella Espinoza (Southridge High); Jesus Gonzalez Estrada (Tualatin High); Kevin Leon (Gresham High); Omar Mahfouz (Tualatin High); Spencer Miller (Lincoln High); Jocelyn Ocampo (Mountain View High); Tameta Thompson (Reynolds High); Joshua Williams (Sunset High); Kenneth Yohe (Sherwood High)

In addition, four juniors were selected to attend the West Regional ACE Summer Camp in Denver. Congratulations to Alaina Keller (Cleveland High), Alessandra Avalos (Tualatin High), Claire Glasser (Baker Charter School), and Coleman Neher (Cleveland 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, 153 students participated in ACE and worked in teams with the support of 103 mentors. The independent nonprofit is staffed by the Portland Workforce Alliance.

Since 2006, the ACE Mentor Program of Oregon has awarded $623,000 in scholarships to 143 Oregon students. These young people are graduating from college and emerging as promising talent in their fields. For more information, please visit:

ACE Mentor Program of Oregon awards $84,000 in college scholarships to Portland-area seniors