Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, announced today that Hannah Wistort is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship . Webb Institute’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort, who is in the class of 2017, for her academic excellence and leadership skills.
Wistort, who is from Niskayuna, N.Y., has been involved with many student organizations and community projects. She is a member of the Webb Leadership Committee, which organizes community service and outreach projects for students. She has also been the student representative to Webb’s Board of Trustees and is the co-chair of the Women of Webb. Her interests include workboat design, liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling, and the energy sector. Upon graduation, Hannah is interested in joining the maritime industry and earning a professional engineer’s license.
To support this specialized, top-ranked institution, Crowley initiated the Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship at Webb in 2007 and has since given tens of thousands of dollars in support of the school’s students. Crowley’s involvement with Webb took on added significance in 2008 when the company acquired Jensen Maritime Consultants, a leading naval architecture and marine engineering firm headquartered in Seattle. Many Webb graduates are currently employed by Crowley and Jensen in a number of disciplines from naval architecture and marine engineering, to vessel construction management and vessel operations.
“The Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program is a true testament to Crowley’s commitment to higher education and the future of the maritime industry,” said R. Keith Michel, president of Webb Institute. “Webb Institute is honored to continue its partnership with Crowley Maritime Corporation and this prestigious program that has generously chosen to highlight and support our students.”
In addition to supporting Webb through scholarships, Crowley and Jensen offer student internships and oftentimes employment opportunities after graduation. The company also provides resources in support of student leadership development. In 2007, Crowley donated $250,000 to establish the Marty Johnson ’88 Leadership Fund, in honor of the late senior naval architect and 1988 Webb alumnus who tragically passed away while on salvage assignment for the company. Webb has publicly shown its appreciation to Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO, for the support he has provided to both Webb and the maritime industry, bestowing upon him an honorary doctorate degree during their 119th commencement ceremony in 2015.