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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Webb Institute Students

Crowley Maritime Corp. has awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to two seniors attending Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering.

In making the award, the Webb scholarship selection committee honored Louis Bock of Pipersville, Pa., and Mara DuVernois, of Menomonie, Wisc., based on their academic excellence, volunteer efforts and leadership skills.

Crowley Maritime supports educations with scholarships
Louis Bock.

Among various roles on campus, Bock serves as chairman of Webb Institute’s Honor Council, which is tasked with upholding the principles of Webb’s Honor and Conduct Codes. He is captain of the men’s volleyball team, a leader within the Frisbee Golf Club, a sailing team member and an officer of the Yacht Club, which helps to keep the motorboats in working order.

During her tenure at Webb, DuVernois’ roles include serving as president of the Webb Student Organization, which is the governing body representing all students on campus, during her junior year. She also was captain of the women’s basketball team, and a contributor to Webb’s Open House for prospective students, the Summer Engineering Academy and the Women of Webb.

“Louis and Mara are tremendous leaders within our student body” said Matthew Werner, Dean of Webb. “Their contributions to the Webb community and records of achievement are shining examples for their peers. Webb is proud to have them as recipients of this year’s Thomas Crowley Scholarship.”

Crowley Maritime supports education with scholarships.
Mara DuVernois

To support this specialized, top-ranked institution, Crowley initiated a Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship at Webb in 2007 and has since given tens of thousands of dollars in support of the school’s students. Crowley’s involvement with Webb took on added significance in 2008 when the company acquired Jensen Maritime, a leading naval architecture and marine engineering firm headquartered in Seattle. Many Webb graduates are currently employed by Crowley and Jensen in several disciplines, including naval architecture and marine engineering, vessel construction management and vessel operations.

“The Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship is a testament to Crowley’s ongoing commitment to higher education,” said Webb President R. Keith Michel. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Crowley Maritime Corporation and are most appreciative of their support of Webb and the next generation of naval architects and marine engineers.”

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 Thomas B. Crowley Jr. established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship program in honor of his father.  To learn more about the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship program, visit