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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Three USMMA Cadets at the 2014 Connie Awards Dinner


Crowley Maritime Corporation awarded three Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial scholarships to United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets at Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J., yesterday. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, marine recruiter, presented the scholarships to the recipients at the event.

Recipient Michael Francis is a first class midshipman studying marine systems engineering with a concentration in nuclear engineering at the academy. He has spent 300 days at sea as an engine cadet and has sailed onboard M/V Green Point, S.S. Chemical Pioneer, USNS Guadalupe and the M/V Cape Horn. Francis has also worked on a particle accelerator at Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of the Service Academy Research Associates Program. After graduation, Francis plans to begin his career in the maritime industry as a third assistant engineer and attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in engineering.

Midshipman Thomas Kloepfer from Amityville, N.Y., is studying marine engineering systems with a minor in electrical engineering. He is active at the waterfront with the U.S. Power Squadron, a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to improve maritime safety and enjoyability through classes in seamanship, navigation and other related subjects. He is also a midshipman tutor and frequently helps his classmates and underclassmen with math and science courses. During his sea year, Kloepfer sailed aboard the M/V ARC Endurance, M/V APL Belgium and S.S. Horizon Spirit. After graduation in 2016, he plans to go to sea and eventually become a chief engineer. 

Joshua Asaro, a recipient from Florissant, Mo., is completing his final year of studies. During his time at the academy, he has been involved in the regiment. He filled billets as team leader, squad leader and petty officer before his appointment to regimental training vessel chief mate and later, regimental protocol officer. He sailed on the M/V Maersk Utah, M/V Green Point and the USNS Rainier as a cadet. Asaro says he is eager to begin putting his skills to work as a sea-going officer after graduation.

Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students studying at maritime academies and other select institutions in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Central America. In 1994, Crowley Chairman and CEO, Tom Crowley Jr., established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program, in honor of his father, and has also donated more than $2 million to support other educational programs.

To learn more about the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship program, visit

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 122-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides project solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico Liner Services, Caribbean and Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; 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

Caption (left to right): Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, marine recruiter, with Michael Francis, Capt. Jon Helmick, USMMA, Joshua Assaro and Thomas Kloepfer at the event.