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Bob Poulson CIM Scholarship

2020 Scholarship Awards

The Construction Industry of Maui received several qualified applicants for our Annual Bob Poulson Scholarships. 2020 is definitely the year of Civil Engineering, the top four vote recipients in this year’s review are all entering into C.E. programs this coming fall. As always, the annual fund wholly is split for only two recipients of this exclusive award. This year each recipient was awarded $15,000.


Sarah Sakakihara, a Senior at Maui High holds a 4.14 GPA, is the president of the school’s marching band, a volunteer at Iao Intermediate, member of the MIL tennis team and is a 3-time state qualifier of Hawaii History Day and National History Day projects. Sarah’s interest in civil engineering began in 2017 when she wrote a research paper for National History Day following the theme “Conflict and Compromise”. Her submission detailed the construction and controversy of the H-3 freeway demonstrating the need for government to listen and practice sensitive awareness to community and culture. She has been accepted schools of Engineering at University of Washington, Cal Poly, UC Irvine, UC Davis and Santa Clara.

Dylan Nakagawa, a senior at Kamehameha, holds a 3.91 GPA, volunteers with the Maui Humane Society and was the captain of the school soccer team. Dylan has exemplified his passion for teamwork and problem-solving in the classroom and on the soccer field. He has worked as an intern with Goodfellow Brothers and there he has found passion in civil construction along with the teamwork and leadership it demands. Dylan will be attending the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Civil Engineering program.


Our scholarship celebration banquet to recognize and honor these all-stars is unfortunately postposed, but will eventually happen. The CIM is extremely proud of these recipients and all applicants. We will continue to foster young bright minds and their pursuit of higher education. We hope their hearts leads them home to Maui.


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