Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Crowley Awards 4 California Students Scholarships

By Mark Edward Nero

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy students with scholarships during the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner Sept. 20 in Long Beach, Calif.

Maritime Academy students Christiana Harrell, Bonnie Claire Muchnick, Taylor Sullivan and Alex Yorkman were presented the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships by Crowley marine personnel recruiter Jenny Terpenning during the event.

The scholarships help to further educational opportunities for students who are chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

Harrell, a sophomore from Big Bear City, Calif., is pursuing a degree in marine transportation with a minor in marine science. She said she plans to sail after graduation.

Muchnick, a senior from Oakland, Calif., is seeking a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation. As part of her Maritime Academy commercial cruise experience, she spent the summer sailing on Crowley’s tanker Florida on a route between Texas and Louisiana. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career at sea.

Sullivan, from Sanger, Calif., is a senior marine transportation student who is also pursuing a pre-law minor. Sullivan completed her commercial cruise last summer onboard the Crowley-managed Horizon Alliance. She plans to continue her education and earn her Master’s license upon graduation. Sullivan, who is on the Dean’s List and President’s List at the Maritime Academy, said she plans to pursue a career at sea.

Yorkman, from Whidbey Island, Wash., who is scheduled to graduate in 2018, is pursuing a marine engineering technology major and a marine science minor.

He sailed aboard the Crowley-managed Horizon Pacific for his commercial cruise earlier this year. He said he plans to pursue a career on a research vessel upon graduation.

The Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program was established in 1994 by Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. in honor of his father, who led the company before passing away in 1994.

Since 1984, Crowley has given more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding to more than 1,000 students, and also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs.