Students from Universities and Colleges across the U.S. get an Opportunity to Learn about the Oceans
(Jacksonville, Fla.; May 17, 2010) – Four students from very diverse backgrounds each got a chance to attend the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, thanks in part to Thomas B. Crowley Sr. scholarships.
Crowley Maritime Corporation awarded scholarships to Virginia Steiner, Morgan Wilson, Hannah Holland and Caroline Crowell during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Steiner, a history major from Mount Saint Mary College, currently works at the Mystic Seaport Museum as a historical interpreter, is a member of their demonstration squad and the Anchor Watch educational program. She also participates in Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps.
A native of Olalla, Wash., Crowell is a junior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. An English major, Crowell is captain of the archery club and student representative on the library policy review board. She plans on attending graduate school and majoring in library science.
Wilson, a Mount Holyoke College environmental studies major, attended the program to better understand the relationship between people and oceans. Her love for the sea began when she was growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast and living aboard a 1948 Chris Craft.
“I’m deeply interested in the human relationship with the environment and how that relationship has evolved over time and continues to change. My education at Mount Holyoke College has been nothing short of fantastic, however the Environmental Studies Department focuses on terrestrial studies rather than aquatic studies,” Wilson said. “The Williams-Mystic Program has afforded me the opportunity to focus more closely on that aspect of the environment that interests me the most—the oceans.”
Holland, a Birmingham-Southern College history major, said she was forever transformed while participating in the program.
“I moved a thousand miles away from home to study the ocean, something with which I had only ever had brief interactions, and I was transformed. Williams-Mystic provided me with a chance to dream bigger than I had ever thought possible and to have fun every single day. Plus, I got to drive a Crowley tugboat, and I can now talk confidently about the economic and social implications of global container shipping. How many college women from Alabama can do that?” Holland said.
In the fall of 2009, Crowley expanded the scholarship program with the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, increasing its donation from $10,000 to $20,000 a year for deserving and need-based students in the program. This has allowed four students, two in the fall and two in the spring semester, to take part in the program, instead of one student per semester.
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., Alaska and Puerto Rico 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 20 students in that region.
The Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program at Williams College is a one-semester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, environmental policy and literature of the sea. For more information, visit www.williams.edu/williamsmystic.
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. 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 www.crowley.com.
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