Crowley awards scholarships to four University of Washington seniors

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(SEATTLE) — Crowley Maritime Corp. recently awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four seniors studying at the University of Washington’s (UW) Michael G. Foster School of Business. The students — Joshua Banks, Kainen Bell, Maninder Grewal and Xuan Liao — were each chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year based on their demonstrated financial need, community involvement and leadership skills.

Banks, a two-time Crowley scholarship recipient, is currently studying finance and entrepreneurship at UW.  He is an active member of Montlake Consulting Group, an entirely student-run consultancy, where he serves as an engagement manager. He is also a mentor for Young Executives of Color, a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon and a Foster School ambassador. After graduation, he will be joining Microsoft as a finance rotation analyst. 

Bell is the first student at UW in over 10 years to pursue double degrees in the School of Business (information systems) and School of Social Work. Some of his leadership experiences at UW include being a Foster School ambassador, an Office of Minority Affairs student ambassador, member of the student government board of directors and mentor for the Foster School Young Executives of Color. Bell has studied abroad in Brazil twice and is currently in Germany studying at the University of Mannheim Business School. After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate school along with a career in corporate social responsibility or global community development. 

Grewal, originally from Renton, Wash., is studying human resource management and finance. Grewal is involved with the Dream Project organization, mentors high school students and is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management. She interned with Boeing’s human resources department in 2015 and will join the company full-time following graduation.

Liao, from Port Townsend, Wash., is studying accounting and finance. She is a facilitator at the Foundation for International Understanding through Students organization and an officer of the UW Cuisine Club. She enjoys traveling and has been to 15 different countries. Following graduation, Liao will pursue a career in public accounting.

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 before passing away in 1994. The company continues to give scholarship dollars to deserving students in the U.S., Alaska and Puerto Rico. In 2006, the program was expanded to Central America and to date, has provided financial assistance to 20 students in that region.

To learn more about the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship program, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff