HONOLULU — An estate gift from UH alumnus Leonard Kamp and his wife Rebecca, estimated at $460,000, will be used to establish endowed scholarships at the Shidler College of Business and the College of Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The Leonard and Rebecca Kamp Executive MBA Endowed Scholarship and the Leonard and Rebecca Kamp Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering will provide ongoing tuition support for students in the Executive MBA and civil engineering programs, respectively.
“The University of Hawai‘i has been good to me and my wife Becky,” said Kamp (BS in civil engineering, UHM, 1967 and Executive MBA, UHM, 1982). “We are extremely fortunate to be in a position to give back to the University to ensure that talented and deserving students continue to receive a world-class education. We hope one day the scholarship recipients will pass on their knowledge and support to advance the public good.”
“We are extremely grateful for the Kamp’s support of our civil engineering program,” said Peter E. Crouch, dean of the College of Engineering. “This generous gift from Lenny and Becky will help us attract top students with the skills and leadership qualities to develop stronger, safer, and sustainable communities worldwide.”
“Lenny and Becky have shown a remarkable commitment to the Shidler College of Business and its students,” said V. Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “In addition to this recent gift, they established a $50,000 endowed scholarship in 2008 to support undergraduate and graduate business students, and continue to be great supporters of our alumni fundraising activities.”
UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw said, “We are so very grateful to the Kamps for their generosity. The Leonard and Rebecca Kamp Executive MBA Endowed Scholarship and the Leonard and Rebecca Kamp Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and ensure them an opportunity to be a part of the solution to the world’s problems and challenges.”
Leonard Kamp came to Hawai‘i in 1963 as part of the Peace Corps training program on the Big Island and spent two years constructing roads and airports in North Borneo. While attending the University of Hawai‘i, he began working for Hawaiian Dredging & Construction, a subsidiary of Dillingham and was promoted to vice president in 1983 overseeing projects in the South East Asia region. In 1985, he returned to Hawai‘i and purchased Haas Insulations Inc., a company that specialized in fireproofing, acoustic and thermal insulation. Kamp sold the company in 1995.
Like many retired couples today, Lenny and Becky spend most of their time traveling, taking care of loved ones and participating in sports-related activities.