Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marine Services and Logistics Group Continue to Support the Community

More Scholarships Awarded by Crowley
Shipping News Feature

US – In June we wrote in some detail of the exploits of Crowley Maritime Corporation's involvement in supporting Alaska’s energy industry and the vital service it offers to that state’s widespread communities to whom fuel distribution is vital – no matter how tricky the logistics. With a storage capacity of more than 39 million gallons, Crowley plays an essential and major part in Alaska’s social infrastructure.

Now the company has awarded four scholarships to students Alexandra Waska, Ben Overacker, Timothy Nick and Rebecca Church, all from rural communities and attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Crowley created this scholarship program to help young people - primarily, but not exclusively - from the rural communities it serves achieve their dreams. Preference is given to native Alaska students who hail from the myriad communities who Crowley serve with petroleum distribution and sales.

The students are not necessarily studying subjects which would normally be directly associated with a freight and marine services company, the criteria for selection included strong academic records, leadership capacity and financial need and the impact the students could have benefitting their home communities. Hence career intentions ranging from fishery management to optometry.

In 1994, Crowley Chairman, President and CEO, Tom Crowley Junior established the Thomas B. Crowley Senior Memorial Scholarship Program, in honour of his father, who guided the company to its lofty market position before passing away that same year. The company continues to give scholarship dollars to deserving students in the U.S., Alaska and Puerto Rico. In 2006, the program expanded to Central America and to date has provided financial assistance to 30 students in that region and has donated over half a million dollars in scholarships since 1984 and over $2 million to support other educational programs.

Photo: clockwise from top left: Overacker, Church, Nick, Waska