California Maritime Academy Cadet David Hoyt was recently
honored with Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B.
Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship
, a grant that will support his
dream of working aboard tugboats after graduation.
The award was presented to Hoyt by Crowley’s Victoria Ellis,
administrator, marine personnel, during the 2012 Containerization and
Intermodal Institute (Connie Awards) dinner held earlier this month in Long
Beach, Calif. Hoyt was selected for the scholarship based on his strong
academic record, financial need and interest in pursuing a maritime career.
Hoyt, who was born in Park Ridge, Ill., and raised in San
Francisco, developed his longtime love for the ocean at a young age while
attending sailing lessons in summer camp, Crowley says, and it eventually
evolved from a hobby to a career path. He is currently majoring in marine
transportation with a minor in business administration.
“I am proud to receive the recognition and support of an
industry leader such as Crowley, and especially so, as an aspiring merchant
mariner who grew up in San Francisco, to share in the local origins of such
respected maritime legends as the Crowley family and company,” Hoyt said in a
Crowley Maritime press release.
This past summer, Hoyt completed an internship where he
worked aboard tugboats in San Francisco Bay undertaking bunkering operations,
and as a result now hopes to work as a mate onboard an oceangoing or coastwise
tug after graduation.
Hoyt is one of more than 200 students from CMA and other
maritime academies and select institutions throughout the country to receive a
Crowley scholarship since 1984. Crowley says it has also donated more than $2
million over the years to support other educational programs.
In 1994, Crowley Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley
Jr., established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program, in
honor of his father, who guided 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 expanded to Central America
and to date has provided financial assistance to 25 students in that region.