(Newark, N.J.; Dec. 12, 2005) – Continuing its support of students wishing to enter maritime, transportation and logistics fields, Crowley Maritime Corporation presented four U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipmen with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. memorial scholarships totaling $10,000 during ceremonies last Thursday.
Mark Miller, director of corporate communications for Crowley, recognized Midshipmen Jeanne Ferrer, Adam Rapacki, Henry Peterson and Kevin Duffy during the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s annual luncheon at the Newark Club in Newark, New Jersey.
Ferrer, from Meraux, La., is an exemplary student majoring in logistics and intermodal transportation. She is also regimental master of the USMMA training ship Kings Pointer, captain of the softball team, a member of the academy band and first class treasurer. As master of the Kings Pointer, Ferrer has gained better ship handling skills and enhanced her leadership abilities. She plans to continue her career sailing after graduation.
Rapacki, from Hauppauge, N.Y., is a marine transportation major with a 3.35 grade point average and is currently serving as third company commander. He was an assistant drill instructor in 2003 and a senior drill instructor last year. Rapacki has run cross-country or track and filed every term since his enrollment at the academy, and he is currently captain of the cross-country team. He also participates in the mariners chorus, is a member of the student advisory committee and is co-president of the Newman Club. Rapacki would also like to sail after graduation and later move shoreside.
Peterson, of New Orleans, is majoring in logistics and intermodal transportation, and has distinguished himself academically, earning the academic gold and silver stars and the scholastic honor ribbon. As an underclassman, he has held regimental-level positions of responsibility as regimental alumni liaison petty officer and regimental information technology petty officer. Now in his final year at Kings Point, Peterson has been selected to serve as the regimental alumni liaison officer, a leadership position that allows him to work closely with the alumni foundation to support alumni functions throughout the year. He is also an athlete, competing as a sprinter and javelin thrower on the track and filed team. Peterson will pursue a career in the maritime industry after graduation.
Duffy, of Destrehan, La., is also majoring in logistics and intermodal transportation, and is a recipient of the gold star for academic excellence. He has been a member of the honor society, the offshore sailing team and power squadron. During his sea year, he circumnavigated the globe on board an automobile ship, and also sailed on a container ship and tanker, which allowed him to learn the complicated cargo system of the vessel. Duffy also interned with the Association of Bar Pilots on the Mississippi River.
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.
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 www.crowley.com.
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