New KBE Building Corp. Scholarship Helping Connecticut Students Build Strong Construction Careers

Philanthropic building company offering $17,000 to 34 technical high school students in Connecticut

FARMINGTON, Conn., April 14, 2014 — To help Connecticut high school students pursue careers in construction and related fields, KBE Building Corporation will award $17,000 in scholarships to 34 students at 17 diploma-granting technical high schools in the state.

The scholarship is part of KBE’s charitable giving program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Since 2009, KBE has donated more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to groups such as seniors, children, and military personnel. The company’s 2014 focus is promoting technical education for high school youth.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must pursue construction-related higher education, such as a four-year college program for structural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical/electrical engineering, or construction management. Students pursuing certification programs for building trades such as electricity, plumbing, or HVAC will also be considered.

“We planned to offer $10,000 in scholarships, but it just wasn’t enough for our state’s deserving students,” said KBE President and principal owner Mike Kolakowski. “We increased the scholarship amount so that students will enjoy a more meaningful donation toward their education.”

By May 1, principals and guidance counselors at each of Connecticut’s 17 technical high schools will choose one male and one female scholarship winner based on their academic records and their financial need.

On June 9, KBE will host a celebratory event to be attended by the scholarship award winners and their families, school administrators, and the state superintendent. The event will be held at New Britain’s Goodwin Technical High School at 6 p.m.

“At KBE, we know how important it is to support the next generation of construction professionals,” continued Kolakowski. “We’re proud to help Connecticut students pursue careers in an industry that is vital to our state’s economic growth. The scholarship supplements our support for a Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) documentary about Connecticut’s construction industry.”

KBE has built and renovated several technical high schools in Connecticut, including W.F. Kaynor, E.C. Goodwin, H.H. Ellis, and Norwich. KBE’s renovation of J.M. Wright Technical High School is scheduled to be completed by fall 2014.

About KBE Building Corporation

Regionally located in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md., KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally.

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