(Jacksonville, Fla.; April 10, 2009) – Crowley’s commitment to provide educational opportunities to exemplary students continued this week, as the Webb Institute named Simmy Willemann of Pleasantville, N.Y., and Seth Cooley of East Lyme, Conn., as the 2009-2010 Crowley scholars.
Both students, who will each receive $5,000 in cash grants from Crowley, were selected based on their distinguished scholastic and community service activities.
“Both Simmy and Seth exemplify the spirit of this wonderful scholarship established by Crowley Maritime Corporation in memory of Thomas B. Crowley, Sr.” said Webb Institute President Robert C. Olsen, Jr., RADM, USCG (Ret.). “They have demonstrated leadership qualities, are involved with school and community activities, show interest in and are dedicated to the maritime industry and possess academic promise. Both are wonderful representatives of the school.”
As the 2010 Class President, Willemann is involved in several school activities, including creating an online student merchandise store. She is also a member of the Woofs – the Webb Institute’s choral group – and plays the violin for the Webb Band. Outside of school, Willemann plays the violin in the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, volunteers at the Holocaust Center and tutors Glen Cove High School students in math and global history. Additionally, Willemann is an active participant in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), New York Metro Student Section and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE). In her leisure time, Willemann enjoys biking and kayaking with the other Webb students.
Cooley is also a member of the class of 2010, and is captain of the Webb Sailing Team. As such, he has represented the school at national sailing events in Florida and California. Cooley is also a member of the Woofs, plays on the volleyball team and is a member of the triathlon club. Outside of school, Cooley is the chairman of the Webb SNAME Student Section. As part of this role, he is heading the organization of a design competition called “SeaPerch,” involving Remotely Operated Vehicles, for secondary students that is being held at Webb’s towing tank this spring. In addition, Cooley is a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
The recent Crowley Webb scholarships are part of Crowley’s longstanding, 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 nearly 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 15 students in that region.
The Webb Institute, located in Glen Cove, New York, was founded in 1889 by William H. Webb. For the last 120 years, Webb has educated the brightest students this country has to offer in the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering. Every student earns a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering that includes 146 credits of academic coursework, plus eight months of work experience through four two-month internships during January and February each year. Webb seniors enjoy a 100% job placement or attendance at the graduate school of their choice. Currently the Webb student body is 85.
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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