Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) – Montgomery College Foundation ( is a collaboration among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College and The Universities at Shady Grove to increase college enrollment and completion among students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The program provides academic coaching, interventions and support to about 2,375 students enrolled in the three institutions.

Headquartered: Rockville

Serves: Montgomery County

What a donation buys:

  • $250 helps a student purchase textbooks for one semester.
  • $1,000 provides emergency assistance for a student facing a financial crisis.
  • $10,000 pays for scholarships for up to 10 students.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • One day: Share your own career story as a guest speaker.
  • Ongoing: Take on an intern at your company.
  • Internships