Crowley awards scholarships to four University of Washington students

(SEATTLE, Wash.) — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped four students at the University of Washington’s (UW) Michael G. Foster School of Business achieve their academic goals. The students, Jason Cisneros, Callie Hamilton, Irah Dizon and Joshua Banks, were chosen to receive the $2,500 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year based on their demonstrated financial need, community involvement and leadership skills.

Jason Cisneros, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, had dreams of studying abroad but was not sure he and his family could afford it. With funds from the Crowley scholarship, Cisneros was able to spend a semester studying at the University of Sydney in Australia. Cisneros held an intern position in the marketing department of a large jewelry manufacturer while abroad and said this on-the-job experience will be beneficial to him in the future as he pursues a career in marketing and information systems. Cisneros is involved with several organizations on campus, including the Hawaii Club, Business Ethics Administration, American Marketing Association and the Business Information Technology Society. He expects to graduate in the spring of 2016.

Callie Hamilton, a scholarship recipient from Vancouver, Wash., is a sophomore studying business with a focus in marketing. The Crowley scholarship has helped Hamilton pay for her tuition and school costs so that she may focus her efforts on volunteering at the business school’s advancement department and working part-time as a student manager at the UW student call center. Following graduation, Hamilton plans to begin a career in marketing or advancement, possibly at UW.

Irah Dizon, from Tacoma, Wash., is a junior studying supply chain management and human resource management and operations. The Crowley scholarship has allowed Dizon to dedicate her time to school work and her internship in Seattle City Light’s safety and human relations department. Dizon serves as a mentor for Foster School’s Young Executives of Color (YEOC) program, which aims to increase the number of underrepresented students in the college pipeline and at the Foster School of Business. She has also been a mentor for Dream Project and resident adviser for undergraduate students during her time at UW. After graduation, Dizon hopes to have a successful career in upper management and travel the world.

Joshua Banks, a junior from Washougal, Wash., is studying accounting and finance at UW’s business school. This scholarship has helped Banks to pay for his school costs, freeing up his time to focus on studies and volunteer work. Banks too is a YEOC mentor, a position in which he helps a group of ten high school students prepare for college and develop tools for academic and personal success. Banks has been interested in business since an early age and created his own cell phone repair enterprise at the age of 16. Following graduation, Banks plans to pursue a career in financial services.

Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students studying at maritime academies and other select institutions in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Central America. In 1994, Crowley Chairman and CEO and UW alumnus, Tom Crowley Jr., established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program, in honor of his father, and has also donated more than $2 million to support other educational programs.

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Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 123-year-old Crowley Maritime Corp., is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides project solutions, 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: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its Titan Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; 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

By Professional Mariner Staff