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Celebrating Puerto Rico’s Best and Brightest – Crowley awards Thomas B. Crowley Scholarship to University of Puerto Rico student

(San Juan, Puerto Rico: Oct. 5, 2009) — Crowley recently awarded the Thomas B. Crowley Scholarship to student Sheila Gonzalez Soto, 18, of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, during an informal awards presentation in its San Juan office. She is the 25th student in Puerto Rico to be awarded a Crowley scholarship.

Roberto Lugo, Crowley vice president and general manager of Puerto Rico services, presented the scholarship check to the 4.0 grade-point-average student who plans to pursue her studies at the University of Puerto Rico’s Mayaguez campus, one of the most prestigious schools on the island.

Gonzalez Soto’s goal is to major in business administration and she plans to complete two bachelors degrees in both finance and economy. She was awarded the Crowley scholarship for her exemplary academic record, financial need and community service, which includes volunteering for elderly and children’s causes, tutoring children, recycling, health fairs and donations for the needy. The youngest of four children, Gonzalez Soto lives with her parents in San Sebastian.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to continue investing in the leaders of tomorrow by awarding scholarships to well-deserving students, despite the economic crisis on the island. Sheila’s exemplary academic record and community service involvement will serve her well in both her academic and professional career,” Lugo said.

The recent Crowley scholarships are part of Crowley’s lengthy and ongoing commitment to education. Over the years, Crowley Chairman, President and CEO, Tom Crowley Jr., has directed the company to present scholarship dollars to deserving students at the maritime academies and other select institutions in the U.S., Caribbean and Central America in the name of his father Thomas B. Crowley Sr., who guided the company to extraordinary heights before passing away in 1994.

Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than half-a-million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 200 students studying at maritime academies and other select institutions. In 2006, the program expanded to Central America and to date has provided financial assistance to more than 20 students in that region.

Crowley Puerto Rico Services Inc. and its predecessor company have been serving the Puerto Rico market since 1954, longer than any other carrier in the trade. The company, with some 200 Puerto Rico employees, has the most weekly sailings between the island commonwealth and the U.S. mainland than any other shipping line.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at

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