June 24, 2020 Local High School Students Receive Inaugural ACE Mentor Program Scholarships

Four students standing in a row

Knoxville’s ACE Mentor Program, an affiliate of the national organization, announced its inaugural scholarship winners on June 24, 2020. Four students who participated in the ACE program at South-Doyle High School have been named the 2020 recipients: Jared Dowell, son of Jeff and Allyson Dowell; Stover Evans, son of Buddy and Scarlett Evans; Bennett Fowler, son of Angela Fowler; and Ethan Rummel, son of Reeve and Kristi Rummel. Each student plans to study engineering in college next fall, including three who will study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Knoxville was founded in 2019 by leaders from UT’s College of Architecture and Design, Construction Science program and Tickle College of Engineering as well as Knox County Schools and others. An affiliate of the national ACE Mentor Program, the local ACE program provides exposure and hands-on instruction for high school students to learn about the fields of architecture, construction and engineering.

The inaugural program was held at South-Doyle High School in 2019-2020 and was led by Architectural & Engineering Design Teacher Jeff Bryant. In addition to giving students real-world experience in the three disciplines, the ACE program also provides scholarships to assist high school seniors who are seeking advanced study in the fields.

The 2020 scholarships were funded by Hospital Corporation of America and established by A. Gordon Heins III, president and chairman of A.G. Heins Company, and other donors.

The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Knoxville will continue to expand into other high schools in the region. In 2020-2021, the program will continue at SDHS, and an additional high school will be announced this summer.

The national ACE Mentor Program was founded in 1994. Nationwide, one-quarter of ACE participants are first-generation college students, and each year, the national organization provides approximately $2.5 million in scholarships.

Learn more about the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Knoxville. For information on donating to the scholarship or operating fund, contact Greg Armour,, treasurer of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Knoxville.