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$90,000 Donation Establishes Scholarship Endowment

Delta Construction Corporation and KSK Foundation of Kapolei have pledged $90,000 to establish an endowment and corresponding expendable funds for scholarships at Leeward Community College. 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 Manoa 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 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."

An additional donation also established the Delta Construction Corporation Endowed Scholarship at UH West O‘ahu.

PHOTO: L TO R: James Kobatake; Kenneth J. Kobatake, President and RME, Delta Construction Company and Director of KSK Foundation; Manny Cabral, chancellor, Leeward Community College; Davis Higa, director of KSK Foundation. (photo by Tomi Rivera)

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