Crowley awards scholarships to four Massachusetts Maritime students

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for four students of Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). The four recipients, Patrick Goldsmith, Jack McMurrer, Paige Mentuck and Christina Murphy, were chosen based on their excellent grades, demonstrated financial need and plans to pursue a career in the maritime industry.

Goldsmith, a junior from Huntington, N.Y., is majoring in marine engineering and minoring in international maritime business. He is a dean’s list member and has already earned his USCG 50-ton master license with a towing endorsement. Goldsmith served as sophomore class president and is now a training and retention assistant, volunteer coordinator and works for the marine department on campus. He recently completed his commercial shipping experience aboard the Crowley-managed containership National Glory.

McMurrer, a junior from Harwich, Mass., is pursuing a dual major in marine transportation and international maritime business. He serves as an on-campus EMT, a crew chief and as an assistant disciplinary officer squad leader. He spent the winter semester gaining hands-on knowledge aboard the Crowley-managed tanker Evergreen State and looks forward to his next chance to get out to sea. 

Mentuck is a sophomore from Swampscott, Mass., majoring in marine transportation. She is also currently enrolled in the petty officer program. She worked for the MMA training ship, USTS Kennedy, where she helped to prepare the ship for departure from dry dock. She has also completed two sea terms and was a member of the first, all-women college crew team to sail in the Marion (Mass.) to Bermuda cruising yacht race.

Murphy, a junior from Sandwich, Mass., is majoring in marine transportation. She is a member of the MMA lacrosse team and was named “Best Attack” in the 2016 Maritime Cup Tournament. Murphy looks forward to her summer-at-sea semester aboard the Crowley-managed containership Yorktown Express.

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