Leeward Community College students will soon benefit from more scholarships thanks to a $100,000 gift from Kalaeloa Partners, LP. The Kalaeloa Partners Scholarship, established in 2012 with a $100,000 gift from Kalaeloa Partners, LP assists part-time and full-time students who have graduated from either Kapolei High School, Campbell High School, Nānākuli High School, Waipahu High School or Waiʻanae High School. Since 2012, 80 student awards have been disbursed.
With this new gift, Kalaeloa Partners has donated $245,000 in total to support UH students and programs.
Impact of Kalaeloa Partners’ philanthropy
- Since 2012, 80 student awards have been disbursed
- Student award recipients are reaching their academic goals and have earned:
• 15 certificate degrees
• 41 associate degrees
• 5 baccalaureate degrees
“Kalaeloa Partners is making this new gift in recognition of the dedication, passion for people and leadership skills Leeward Community College Chancellor Manny Cabral has demonstrated over the years. With him at the helm, Leeward CC has become an integral part of the west coast community,” said Ruedi Tobler, general manager Kalaeloa Partners LP. “Our appreciation for Leeward CC extends beyond the fantastic annual culinary experience Lʻulu provides under the able leadership of Tommylynn Benavente. We are grateful for the many opportunities it provides for so many students, who otherwise could not fulfill their dream of a higher education.”
Established 26 years ago, Kalaeloa Partners LP is a community focused electrical energy provider for the island of Oʻahu. Their Kalaeloa Cogeneration Plant is the most efficient power plant on the island, and supplies 20 percent of the electricity needs of the island.
“We encourage all students to set their goals based on a heartfelt passion and to consider the usefulness of their higher education in providing for their families and becoming contributors to society. Once a goal is set, I have found that hard work, life circumstances, sacrifice, hardship and finances must never be a reason to abandon such a noble goal,” said Tobler.
“We are thrilled to accept this continuing generous gift by Kalaeloa Partners to help our students with much-needed scholarship opportunities,” said Manny Cabral, Leeward CC chancellor. “Since its inception five years ago, 80 awards have been made to students who reside in Leeward Oʻahu and attend classes at our Pearl City and Waiʻanae campuses. We are grateful to Ruedi Tobler and the Kalaeloa Partners ʻohana for believing in the mission of the college and providing scholarship funds for a significant number of deserving students. On behalf of all those who will benefit, I express my mahalo nui loa.”