Crowley awards scholarships to six USMMA cadets

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during this week’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

Glass, from Johnstown, Pa., is midshipman first class studying maritime logistics and security. She previously served as the first rotation regimental commander and is the current Regimental Honor Board vice chairman of education. Glass was awarded accolades from the International Institute for Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City for her thesis on rules of engagement. Glass sailed aboard the Crowley-managed M/V National Glory during her sea term. 

Sexton, a midshipman first class from Vermilion, Ohio, is majoring in marine transportation. During his time at USMMA, he has been an integral member of the offshore sailing team and has participated in major sailing events such as the Newport-Bermuda Race and the Marblehead-Halifax Race. During his senior year, Sexton has held various leadership roles within the regiment of midshipmen, including regimental waterfront officer. After graduation, he hopes to sail as third mate aboard coastwise tankers as he advances his maritime career. 

Terselic, a midshipman first class originally from Tijeras, New Mexico, completed his at-sea semester aboard the Crowley-managed M/V Ocean Giant, as an engine cadet, where he furthered his maritime knowledge beyond any other vessel he sailed on. He is a four-year varsity athlete and captain of the men’s swim team.

Evans, a USMMA midshipman first class from Anchorage, Alaska, is studying marine transportation. He served as the regimental executive officer and president/founder of the Climbing and Outdoor Recreation Club. After he graduates in June, he plans to begin a maritime career with a third mate’s license.

Rabbitt, from Easton, Md., is a midshipman second class majoring in maritime logistics and security. He served as a cadet onboard various commercial and U.S. military vessels that were providing the U.S. Air Force with prepositioned ammunition stocks, conducting underway replenishments and providing support for the 6th Fleet Command in the Mediterranean Sea. After graduating, Rabbitt wants to earn a commission as a pilot in the U.S. Navy.
Chiappe, a midshipman second class from Granbury, Texas, is studying marine transportation. He is a snare drummer in the Band Company and wrote and organized the program, drill, visual effects, and drum feature for the Regimental Band’s Beat Retreat Ceremony. This past summer, he completed a two-week internship with U.S. Navy Training Squadron VT-21, totaling more than 20 hours of flight time in T-45 Goshawks. Upon graduation, Chiappe hopes to serve as a Navy pilot before joining a commercial maritime fleet.

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., Alaska 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