Building the Future Scholarship


SJ Construction Consulting, LLC (SJCC) understands the value of keeping highly motivated, hard-working, ethical, and educated persons in the construction workforce. The Building the Future Scholarship aims to do just that. Whether these contributors to the construction industry are in the trades, engineering, or in management, the dedication to sustainability and quality of our infrastructure and our industry workers cannot be understated.

Each year one scholarship is awarded based upon the judges’ evaluation of the candidates’ submissions. This scholarship is in the amount of $2,500. Disbursement shall be made directly to the winner to offset union dues, tuition, or other fees associated with their technical education.

The payee of the scholarship shall be provided in the application and the suitability of the payee shall be at the sole discretion of the Judging Committee. The members selected to be on the Judging Committee are at the sole discretion of SJCC Management.

Application due date: all applications must be emailed or postmarked by November 12, 2022. 

Selection date: the winner shall be selected and notified no later than December 3, 2022.


Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • A currently enrolled student, residing in Hawaii, on any campus within the University of Hawaii system in an engineering or construction management program, or
  • A currently active member residing in Hawaii, at journeyman or apprentice level, in Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 368, or Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3, or
  • A dependent of a student or member as described above.

Applications are available here and at the bottom of this page.


In the state of Hawaii, every day each one of us benefits from infrastructure built by our community of construction and engineering professionals. This includes roads, drinking water supply, sewage disposal and treatment, bridges, beaches, buildings, and much, much more.

The Building the Future Scholarship seeks to recognize and award those that offer improvement to the civil construction industry and/or Hawaii’s civil infrastructure.

The winner of the scholarship shall be the candidate who receives the highest score based upon the judges’ scoring below:

Factor (see below for additional information)Points
1Character and Community Contribution
1ACharacter – respectfulness, trustworthiness, honesty, reliability and work ethic.25
1BContribution to Community – participation in community or educational activities to better the quality of life.20
1CRecognition by Community – any special recognition, awards, or honors received.15
2AUse of funds – candidate’s intent on use of scholarship funds.20
2BCare in response – level of detail in the response exhibiting the depth of thought in preparation of the essay.15
2CPracticality – is the idea feasible? Can it be accomplished timely and at reasonable cost?5

FACTOR 1 – Character and Community Contribution

A significant contributing factor is the two letters or reference required of the candidate. Letters should address the values described in items 1A, 1B, and 1C above. 

The candidate’s application will also be used in the scoring of these factors.

FACTOR 2 – Essay

Begin your essay by briefly explaining how you intend to utilize the scholarship funds towards furthering your education should you be the successful candidate. Continue your essay by selecting only one of the following questions, and answer it as completely as possible. Essay must be typed and between 500 and 1,000 words:

Question 1: 

Describe a beneficial change that could be made to the infrastructure in Hawaii. This could be a general or specific improvement accomplished by engineering and/or construction means and methods.

Question 2: 

What improvements can the construction trades or engineering educational programs do to attract younger participants?


Winners shall be notified via phone call with confirmation via email. Winners will be announced in SJCC’s Pipeline Newsletter. Scholarship disbursement shall be made within thirty (30) days after selection of the winners is made by the Judging Committee.


The policies and disclosures that govern the scholarship’s recipient selection and scholarship distribution are detailed here.

SJCC developed its scholarship program in compliance with IRS and other federal government regulations, anti-discrimination laws, residency rules for the U.S., and in a manner to ensure applicant information is secured and managed appropriately. 


In order to protect the privacy of our scholarship applicants, SJCC will not collect highly confidential information. All information collected during the application process is managed safely and will not be shared with sources outside of SJCC’s scholarship selection committee (for application review and awarding purposes) and the company’s accounts payable department (to distribute awards to scholarship winners).  

SJCC will not sell, license or otherwise use applicant information or data for any additional purposes.