Crowley awards scholarships to three USMMA cadets

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— The Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded three United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial scholarships at the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon yesterday in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to the recipients at the event.

Recipient William Murray is a first class midshipman studying logistics. At his time at USMMA, he has sailed aboard a containership, an oil tanker, an LNG carrier and participated in an academic research project regarding the development of larger containerships and their affect on the liner shipping industry. After his time at King’s Point, Murray plans to pursue a career at sea in addition to continuing his education by pursuing a master’s degree in supply chain management.

Peter Tolles, a recipient from Clontarf, Minn., is a first class midshipman at King’s Point. Majoring in logistics and intermodal transportation, Tolles plans on sailing commercial vessels in the U.S. Merchant Marine after graduation. In addition to his sailing career, he intends on continuing his education by pursuing a master’s degree.

First classman Robert Tirrito from Centerpoint, N.Y., is studying systems engineering with a minor in oceanography. During his second sailing period at USMMA, he served as an engine cadet aboard M/V St. Louis Express for 70 days. After graduation, he plans on sailing as a third engineer.

Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million 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 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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By Professional Mariner Staff