Maui construction industry seeks applicants for two $20,000 scholarships

Maui’s construction industry raised over $40,000 at its holiday party to fund the Bob Poulson CIM Bursary Program. Courtesy of CIM

The Maui Construction Industry is offering $20,000 scholarships to two high school students entering a 2- or 4-year degree program in construction, engineering, landscaping, of architecture and/or other fields of design.

Applications for the Bob Poulson CIM Scholarships are now open to graduating students from a Maui high school. To apply online, go to The deadline is May 1.

Both scholarship recipients will be briefed prior to the Maui Construction Industry (CIM) Scholarship Banquet, tentatively scheduled for late May. The funds were raised during the organization’s holiday party in December.

The scholarships encourage students to pursue higher education in the construction industry and then bring their newly learned skills back to their home communities on Maui. To date, $80,000 in scholarships has helped eight Maui students.

Emily Mitra, the first college graduate aided by the scholarship, is expected to return to Maui after graduation in May. The Kahului resident and Maui High School graduate earns a bachelor’s degree in construction management from California Baptist University. Mitra says the scholarship not only helped her financially, but also helped her network with industry professionals from different trades.

Emily Mitra, Maui’s first construction industry scholarship recipient, will graduate in May from California Baptist University with a degree in construction management. Screenshot: CIM

“Donations to the scholarship fund really help students who have the passion and drive to get into this industry and do good for themselves and those around them,” Mitra said.


Scholar Connor Kong, who is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering at George Fox University, said: “This scholarship has helped me financially but also bombarded me with connections for job opportunities, internships and connections. future. He made my dreams come true. »

Applicants must submit a compelling essay limited to 1,500 words that outlines their intended course of study, career ambitions, and why they should benefit from this opportunity. Transcripts, reference letters, achievements, and college acceptance letters may also be included.

“We are thrilled to award scholarships to local children who are pursuing their dream of working in the construction industry,” said Anthony Nelson, Chair of the CIM Scholarship Committee and President of Premier Restoration Hawaiʻi. in Wailuku. “These scholarships enable students to become skilled professionals and tradespeople in the construction industry.


Josh Berlien, President of CIM and Owner of Berlien Consulting LLC, added, “The best part is that these local students return to their island after graduation and help our local communities thrive.

Apply for scholarships online at or hard copies can be mailed to: The Construction Industry of Maui Advisory Board, PO Box 1628, Kahului, HI 96733.

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