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What is ACE? 

ACE is a scholarship program that gives eligible students the experience of taking college credit courses while still enrolled in high school. ACE empowers these high school students to achieve a higher education and success in life by learning the skills it takes to manage high school, attend college, and plan for a rewarding future.

ACE student achievements by the numbers

83% percent of ACE students who graduate from high school
76% percent of ACE students who attend post-secondary institutions after high school, both in and out of state
ACE students can earn 24 college credits by the time they graduate from high school. (Student schedules will vary according to individual placement test scores, needs and interests.)
ACE students have a 3.2 college GPA (B average)



Student applicants must possess one or more of the following characteristics to be eligible:

    • First generation to attend college
    • Member of under-represented group
    • Single parent home
    • Economic hardship
    • Legacy qualification (sibling or relative of ACE participant)
    • Environmental risk factors (works 10-30 hours, foster care, lives in temporary housing, teen parent, voluntarily discloses physical and/or mental disabilities, etc.)


Application process 

    • Applications are available in high school Counseling Offices or at the PVCC Office of Student Development and Early Outreach
    • Students must apply during sophomore year in high school
    • Student applications are due to high school counselors by December 15th 
    • Final date for high school counselors to submit applications to PVCC Student Development Office is January 15th 


ACE Program 602-787-7163
Office of Student Development and Early Outreach – KSC 1200
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 North 32nd Street | Phoenix, AZ 85032

ACE Partners

    • Paradise Valley Unified School District
    • Cave Creek Unified School District
    • Crestview College Preparatory High School
    • Deer Valley Unified School District
    • Glendale Union High School District
    • Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation