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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Cadets at Great Lakes Maritime Academy

(Jacksonville, Fla.; Sept. 24, 2010) — Two cadets in the deck officer program at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) in Traverse City, Mich., were recently awarded Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., Memorial scholarships.

Bruce Beeker and Christopher Hyzy received the scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year. Both cadets were awarded scholarships based on their academic record and interest in the towing industry.

Beeker, from Traverse City, received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Indiana University at Bloomington. He worked in law enforcement for 13 years before enrolling at GLMA and is scheduled to graduate in 2012 and then enter the towing industry.

Hyzy, a native of Sycamore, Ill., has a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has operations management experience and plans to pursue a career in tug and barge handling.

“We are appreciative of this scholarship program and the commitment of Crowley Maritime Corporation to the Maritime Cadets of Great Lakes Maritime Academy,” said John Berck, director of admissions. “I am certain our graduates will consider the opportunities Crowley may offer in their maritime careers.”

Over the years, Crowley Chairman, President and CEO, Tom Crowley, Jr., has continued to give scholarship dollars to deserving students at the maritime academies and other select institutions in the U.S., Puerto Rico 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 approximately 190 students studying at maritime academies and other select institutions. The company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs. In 2006, the program expanded to Central America and to date has provided financial assistance to approximately 20 students in that region.

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy, a division of Northwestern Michigan College, offers a challenging college program, which includes three semesters of sea time on board commercial vessels. Founded in 1969, the academy is one of seven maritime academies in the U.S., and the only fresh water academy and the only one to offer Great Lakes Pilotage as part of its deck license. For more information about GLMA, visit

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 118-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company 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 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

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