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Crowley Presents Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to Four United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Midshipmen

(Newark, NJ; Dec. 12, 2006) – Continuing its support of students wishing to enter maritime, transportation and logistics fields, Crowley Maritime Corporation yesterday presented four U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipmen with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. memorial scholarships totaling $10,000.

Tucker Gilliam, director of marine crewing and development for Crowley, recognized Midshipmen Tyler A. Stutin, Felix Ayarza, Lauren Nicole Fulton and Vincent M. Magers during the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s (CII) annual luncheon at the Newark Club in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to the Crowley scholarships, CII presented one of its own to USMMA midshipman Melissa M. Donnelly.

Crowley has provided scholarship aid to USMMA students since 1993. To qualify, students must demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership skills, initiative, teamwork, a history of community involvement and a desire to make a career in the maritime industry. The recipients are chosen each year in the spring and fall by the academy but aren’t formally recognized until December. Crowley also extends formal internships when possible as an additional benefit to the scholarship recipients.

Over the years, Crowley has given more than $100,000 to deserving students at the maritime academies and other select institutions in the name of Thomas B. Crowley Sr., who guided the company to extraordinary heights before passing away in 1994. Tom Crowley Jr., his son, is now chairman, president and CEO.

Stutin, a senior majoring in logistics and intermodal transportation, hails from Pasadena, Calif., and is the senior class president and the aide to the Academy’s Deputy Superintendent, Rear Admiral Christopher McMahon, USMS. In February 2005, Stutin was presented with the U.S. Maritime Service Professional Achievement Medal by the U.S. Maritime Administrator for saving a life at sea. This past October, he completed and presented an independent study for the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency on the vulnerability of U.S. ports to terrorist sea mining. Stutin plans to pursue a career in the maritime industry and to one day enter the field of admiralty law.

Ayarza is a senior originally from Panama City, Panama. He entered the academy in June 2003 and is enrolled in the logistics and intermodal transportation program where he is studying to become a merchant marine officer. He is also involved in numerous extracurricular activities such as the Logistics Student Exchange Club, the Investment Club, and intramural soccer. He currently holds a regimental position as the company academic officer.

Fulton, of Pascagoula, Miss., is currently a second-class midshipman majoring in marine engineering and shipyard management. She is a member of the King’s Point track and field team, the O’Gara Academic Honor Society, and is a student member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Fulton has earned an academic star for each trimester that she has been in residence at the academy as well as a sea year ribbon with a bronze star for academic achievement at sea during both sailing periods. She often volunteers her time at the Viscardi School and at Kings Point, where this year alone she has spent over 40 hours tutoring underclassmen in technical subject areas. Upon graduation, Fulton plans to attend graduate school to further her education in marine engineering and start a career in the U.S. shipbuilding industry.

Magers is a second-class midshipman from Gahanna, Ohio. He is currently ranked eighth in his graduating class and continues to strive for academic excellence while participating in organizations such as the Kings Point Eagle Scout Association, honor guard, color guard and the Kings Point Logistics Student Exchange Club. Based on his recent actions as the Company Commander Petty Officer for Third Company, Magers was awarded the academy achievement ribbon in May 2006.

Donnelly, the CII scholarship recipient who was born in Portsmouth, Va., and resides in Pomfret, Maryland, is a senior majoring in logistics in intermodal transportation. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. She currently holds a midshipmen officer billet – regimental admiral’s aide – as the midshipmen aide to the superintendent. She actively sailed on the offshore sailing team for three years and currently fills her leisure time with community service, culture events in New York City and dancing with the newly formed Kings Point Dance Team.

Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in 1892, is primarily a family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of four operating lines of business: Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services and Marine Services. Other services provided within these business lines include contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management, 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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