ACE RDU is a Nonprofit Organization

A Message from your ACE RDU Affiliate

Dear AEC Community,

Looking to engage future employees for your field? There is no better way to reach out to students interested in one of the ACE Fields (architecture, construction & engineering) than by engaging with the ACE Mentor Program of Raleigh.

This year we are excited to announce our first ACE Day of Action, a fundraising and student/mentor enrollment campaign kicking off on August 25, 2020. There are three simple ways to support our local program: donate, enroll as a volunteer mentor, or inspire a high school student to register for the program.

We have diligently been developing our 2020-2021 program with the RDU Affiliate and local architecture, construction and engineering organizations to deliver a lesson plan that will be presented virtually. Many of our affiliates across the country finished their program last year using a virtual platform due to the pandemic, and although it did present some challenges, they were able to successfully complete their programs; and in the process took away lessons learned that the entire ACE National Organization can and will use.

On a typical year, our annual golf tournament raises sufficient funds to offer this program to our students free of charge. In addition, money raised provides several scholarships to our graduating seniors, as well as offer summer camp slots at the North Carolina State University Design and Engineering Campus to several of our undergraduate students. With the state of the pandemic, we have decided it is in the best interest to cancel the golf tournament this year. Although this was a tough decision, we take safety seriously and believe this to be the right decision.

Our local ACE Mentoring Program has accomplished amazing things over the last 15 years, and we encourage you to learn more by watching our testimonial video. To keep this vision alive, we kindly ask you to consider making a tax-deductible financial contribution to our local program for the 2020-2021 school year. We have a goal of raising $22,000 and you can follow us along our journey by watching our fundraising tracker. We hope you choose to support us.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to all the great things this year has to offer. If you have questions, please email us at

A Closer Look at ACE RDU Students

Over the past 12 years, the ACE Mentor Program of Raleigh / Durham has provided high school students countless hours of mentorship with working career professionals and has awarded its participants over 60 scholarships to study architecture, construction management, and engineering. Through these opportunities students gain a broad understanding of career possibilities, real-life and real-work experience, confidence in themselves, experience working with others, and enthusiasm for the part they can play in the industry.

ACE RDU Over The Years

+60 Scholarships Awarded
+500 Students Participated
+100 Mentors Volunteered

Through ACE, students acquire a set of skills and experiences that are often cited as essential for the 21st-century workplace:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Information technology application
  • Communication in a cross-cultural environment

ACE equips students, regardless of their ultimate career choice, to appreciate the built environment and thus to be better citizens of the world that we build for ourselves.Many former students of the program have gone on to get their degrees in architecture, construction, and engineering, have started their AEC careers, and are back volunteering with ACE as mentors. Sponsor the ACE Mentor Program of Raleigh / Durham to support college scholarships for ACE students to make this dream a reality for our high school students.

Fundraising Goal

fundraising thermometer Updated: 9/17/2020

Sponsorship Levels

2019 Scholarships Funded

Due to the pandemic, ACE RDU has cancelled our annual Golf Tournament. Last year, our this event raised $17k toward student scholarships. Please consider helping with a donation to continue to provide scholarships to our students for the 2020-2021 school year.

ACE RDU is a Nonprofit Organization