Two GLMA cadets awarded Crowley scholarships

Written by Nick Blenkey
Crowley Scholarship winners GLMA cadets Tristan Barnett and Jackson Dagata

Tristan Barnett (L) and Jackson Dagata

Crowley Maritime Corp. has awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) cadets Tristan Barnett and Jackson Dagata for their achievements and interest in maritime careers.

Named in honor of former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas B. Crowley Sr., the scholarships benefit promising maritime students. While earning their bachelor’s degrees at GLMA, both Barnett and Dagata also participated in Crowley’s cadet shipping program where they worked aboard Crowley vessels.

Barnett Tristan, a junior at GLMA who is on track to graduate with a degree in maritime technology in January 2022, grew up in eastern Washington State, where his father introduced him to recreational sailing on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

His experience at GLMA earned him a spot as a cadet aboard the Crowley tanker Pelican State where he worked alongside experienced mates and learned the practical skills to run tanker operations. During his time at GLMA, Barnett has also a leadership track in his wrestling career by serving as the head wrestling coach at Traverse City East Middle School for three years.

The financial award will enable him to focus on his studies as he prepares for his Third Mate License and First-class Great Lakes Pilotage examinations.

Jackson Dagata grew up in Virginia where he spent his high school years and college breaks working on the tourist ferries with the National Ferry Corporation on the Potomac River.

A junior, also majoring in maritime technologies, Dagata sailed with Crowley as a cadet aboard the tanker Bay State during the fall of 2020. He spent over three months aboard the tanker being mentored by its captains and deck officers, gaining knowledge of the tanker industry, the operations of a tanker and life aboard a commercial ship.

The financial award will enable him to focus on his studies as he prepares for his Third Officer License.

Since 1984, Crowley has provided over $3 million dollars 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.

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