(Jacksonville, Fla.; Oct. 2, 2009) — Crowley awarded three Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to California Maritime Academy students Alesi Alapa, Todd Michel and Sean Sabeh during the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards presentation in Long Beach, Calif., last night.
Chris Peterson, Crowley’s vice president of marine operations and also a former Cal Maritime graduate, presented the exemplary students with the scholarship awards. Alapa, Michel and Sabeh were all recognized for their strong academic records, financial need and for their interest in a maritime career.
A native and lifelong resident of Hawaii, Alapa is the first person in her family to ever graduate from a four-year college. She is in her fifth and final year at Cal Maritime and is majoring in marine engineering technology and is a member of the Honors Society for Engineers.
Michel, a senior, is seeking his second bachelor’s degree in marine transportation. A native of New Orleans, La., Michel is in his third year at Cal Maritime and has always been interested in the maritime industry. His goal is to sail on inland waters onboard tugboats or supply vessels.
Sabeh, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, is in his fourth year at Cal Maritime. He is a member of the deck officer program at the academy and his goal after graduation is to become a licensed deck officer.
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.
Located in Vallejo, California, The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of The California State University that offers students bachelor’s degrees in international business and logistics, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. Cal Maritime is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast. For more information, visit www.csum.edu.
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 www.crowley.com.
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