Delta Construction & KSK Foundation Give $300k for UH West O'ahu and Leeward CC Scholarships | Business
Delta Construction Corporation and KSK Foundation of Kapolei have pledged $300,000 to establish two endowments and corresponding expendable funds for scholarships at UH West O‘ahu and Leeward Community College. The Delta Construction Corporation Endowed Scholarship at UH West O‘ahu, and the Delta Construction Corporation Endowed Scholarship at Leeward Community College will help students change their lives through higher education; positively impact their families and communities; and raise hope and pride in West O‘ahu.
These funds are being established in honor of the company's founder, Gilbert D. Kobatake, a 1934 graduate of the UH M?noa College of Engineering. Kobatake was a retired structural engineer and surveyor, owner of Gilbert Kobatake Inc., and a member of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
“My father was a visionary,” said Kenneth J. Kobatake, President and RME, Delta Construction Company. He continued, “In 1934, as a newly graduated civil engineer, Dad saw the impending growth and the needed development of Hawai‘i’s infrastructure for the islands to be a successful economic player in the national and international arena.” Kobatake continued, “As a child, I recall Dad reminding my two brothers and me that education was necessary for success. He was always thankful for the opportunity to have attended the University of Hawai‘i.” Kobatake concluded, “One item on Dad’s bucket list was to help build and strengthen the Engineering Program. This commitment to fund two scholarships is a step in the realization of Dad’s goal.”
The Delta Construction Corporation Endowed Scholarship at UH West O‘ahu will provide financial support to full-time or part-time students who are enrolled in any area of study at the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu. Recipients must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Preference will be given to students intending to pursue a degree in engineering and who reside in the West O‘ahu region.
“Students from throughout our region will benefit from scholarships made possible by this gift,” said Gene I. Awakuni, UH West O‘ahu Chancellor. “We are watching the number of our programs grow with the demand for accessible higher education from throughout Central and West O‘ahu. These new donations demonstrate that Delta Construction and KSK Foundation recognize our mission and needs of our students to attain a high quality four-year education that benefits our region and state.”
The Delta Construction Corporation Endowed Scholarship at Leeward Community College will support part-time or full-time students with cumulative grade point averages of 2.5 or above. Preference will be given to students intending to pursue a degree in engineering and who reside in the West O‘ahu region.
“This generous scholarship will impact the lives of deserving Leeward Community College engineering students for decades to come,” said Manny Cabral, Leeward Community College chancellor. He continued, “Since 1981, between five and ten percent of UH M?noa College of Engineering graduates started their coursework at Leeward CC. The Delta Construction Corporation’s scholarship will help us increase the number of transfers and ultimately provide Hawai‘i with a stronger, more skilled workforce. On behalf of all those who will benefit, I express my mahalo nui loa.”
For more information, please contact:
Margot Schrire, Director of Communications at (808) 956-3710 or Margot.Schrire@uhfoundation.org