Crowley awards scholarships to four Maine Maritime students

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for four students of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA). The four recipients, J.T. DiGuglielmo, Jordan Harmon, Sean O’Connor and Luke Olson, were chosen based on their excellent grades, demonstrated financial need and plans to pursue careers in the maritime industry.

DiGuglielmo, from Milton, Del., is a junior in the marine transportation operations program, seeking a career as a maritime pilot. Upon graduation, he looks forward to a career at sea and hopes to gain hands-on sea piloting experience prior to graduation.

Harmon, from Homestead, Fla., graduated from the academy this May with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering technology and his third assistant engineer’s license. While at MMA, Harmon was a regimental commander. He seeks to work on a Crowley tanker upon promotion from his position as a third assistant engineer on deep sea vessels.

O’Connor is a senior from Hampden, Maine, majoring in marine transportation operations. He gained firsthand cadet shipping experience on board the Crowley-managed National Glory containership.

Olson, from Charleston, Maine, is a junior in the marine transportation operations program. He serves as the midshipman commanding officer (CO) of the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) unit in the Strategic Sealift Officer program (SSO) and is the cadet chief mate in the regiment. He gained hands-on cadet shipping experience on the chemical tanker Charleston with U.S. Shipping during a summer internship. Through the program, he also received his tankerman’s endorsement for person-in-charge (PIC) and looks forward to working on a tanker upon graduation. Olson is also involved with peer tutoring and has played on the academy’s golf team for the past three seasons.

Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students. The company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs. In 1994, Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father, who led the company to extraordinary heights before passing away in 1994. The company continues to give scholarship dollars to deserving students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In 2006, the program was expanded to Central America, and to date has provided financial assistance to more than 20 students in that region. To learn more about the Crowley scholarship program, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff