Four Cal Maritime students receive Crowley memorial scholarships

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) ­— Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during Tuesday night’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, recruiter, marine personnel, presented the awards to recipients, Christiana Harrell, Bonnie Claire Muchnick, Taylor Sullivan and Alex Yorkman. The scholarships help to further educational opportunities for the students who were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

Christiana Harrell, a sophomore from Big Bear City, Calif., is pursuing a degree in marine transportation with a minor in marine science. She plans to sail after graduation.

Bonnie Claire Muchnick, a senior from Oakland, Calif., is seeking a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation. As part of her CMA commercial cruise experience, she spent the summer sailing on Crowley’s tanker, Florida on a route between Texas and Louisiana. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career at sea. 

Taylor Sullivan, from Sanger, Calif., is a senior marine transportation student who is also pursuing a pre-law minor. Sullivan completed her commercial cruise last summer onboard the Crowley-managed Horizon Alliance. With the help of Crowley’s scholarship, she plans to continue her education and earn her Master’s license upon graduation. Sullivan is on the dean’s list and president’s list at CMA. She plans to pursue a career at sea.

Alex Yonkman, who is scheduled to graduate in 2018, is pursuing a marine engineering technology major and a marine science minor. From Whidbey Island, Wash., Yonkman grew up near the sea and chose CMA due to a lifelong interest in the maritime industry. Yonkman sailed aboard the Crowley-managed Horizon Pacific, for his commercial cruise earlier this year. He plans to pursue a career on a research vessel upon graduation.

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

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By Professional Mariner Staff