San Diego


Gitte Russo
ACE Mentor San Diego
P.O. Box 178681
San Diego, CA 92177
PH: 619-642-2012
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2018 Student Exhibition and Scholarship Event

Video LINK of Event

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Got three minutes? Watch this moving video of our 2016 Student Event at SDSU

2016 ACE Mentor National Board of Directors
Awards “Outstanding Mentor” Award to Lianne Bell,
KPFF Structural Engineer and ACE San Diego/
Kearny High Team Leader

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Lianne Bell, ACE San Diego Team Leader, receives an ACE Mentor National
2016 Outstanding Mentor Award from Scott Seltz, publisher at Engineering-News Record  (left) and Jack Kalavritinos, ACE national President/CEO.

About Us

In 2003, a group of local architects, engineers and general contractors founded ACE Mentor San Diego. We are excited to begin our fifteenth year in the program which has graduated and funded hundreds of high school students to pursue their degrees and enter the local workforce. The ACE Mentor program gives high school students an inside look at the wealth of career opportunities available to them in the building and design industries.

In our first year, volunteer mentors from many industry and university partners recruited and guided three teams of students. In our fifteenth year, mentors from more than 60 companies are working with eleven student teams. In addition, the NewSchool of Architecture and Design has made a significant commitment to ACE by offering full scholarships on a competitive basis for their five-year undergraduate Architecture and Construction Management programs.

For our 2017-2018 school year we had:

11 Schools
196 Students (260 started, 196 finished)
110 Mentors
18 Board Members
83 Sponsoring Organizations
$105,000 in Scholarships awarded

Participate in ACE and Leave a Legacy!

If you or your peers would like to experience ACE’s challenges, opportunities and rewards as a Board volunteer, Mentor or Scholarship Donor, contact our ACE San Diego Chairman listed in the upper right corner of this page.

Become a part of the legacy to launch our talented students into careers in architecture, construction management, engineering, landscape architecture and other construction and design-related professions by sending your scholarship banquet donation today. Scholarship banquet information and registration forms are located in the right-hand column of this page. To make a donation by credit card of $1,000 or less - use the Donate button above.

Our Students and Projects

Under the expert tutelage of ACE mentors, San Diego students have undertaken a variety of planning and design projects. These have ranged from parks and lakeside resorts to school activities buildings and regional airport expansions.


During the 2017-2018 school year, students are using a typical request-for-proposal project to explore the tools, technologies and skills routinely employed by professional architects, engineers and construction managers. We will complete the program year by awarding scholarships to promising students choosing to pursue an academic course of study leading to a career in the building industry.


In the first fifteen years of our program, we’ve presented scholarships with a total value of over $1.8 million dollars. Through generous local, state and national firm donations, we hope you will help us exceed our goal of $220,000 in this fourteenth year of our program.

Thank You!

We'd like to recognize and thank our 2016 sponsors who are listed at this link.