Crowley Awards Scholarships Worth $10,000 to Four UAF Students

UAF students and Crowley scholarship recipients, from left: Kendrick Hantala, Carlton Hantala, Keenan Sandersen and Gabriel Smith

Crowley Fuels announced today that it has awarded $10,000 in Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) students: Keenan Sanderson, Gabe Smith and twin brothers Carlton and Kendrick Hautala. Chosen for their academic achievements and meeting other scholarship criteria, each student received $2,500 toward his tuition from Crowley.

Crowley’s financial support, administered by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, can be used towards any area of study, and preference is given to recipient students from Crowley-served rural communities throughout the state, including Aniak, Bethel, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Ft. Yukon, Galena, Glennallen, Hooper Bay, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Naknek, Nenana, Nome, Palmer, St. Mary’s, Talkeetna, Valdez and Wasilla.

“Crowley is proud to contribute to the academic success of these highly-motivated UAF students,” said Crowley’s Jasper Hall, vice president, highway petroleum distribution. “Established in 2010, this program continues to support students who are committed to pursuing higher education as a means to help their communities and Alaska. Each of these recipients is passionate about maintaining our state’s natural resources, an endeavor that Crowley is pleased to support.”

Sanderson, class of 2019, of Ketchikan, is pursuing a fisheries and ocean sciences degree, and is next considering earning a master’s degree and possibly a doctoral degree in a related field. A current member of the American Fisheries Society, he has also participated in two internships, including one with the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, to research sockeye salmon escapement from hatcheries. He intends to take part in an undergraduate research program with the Deer Mountain Hatchery in Ketchikan to explore fishery feeding strategies and efficiencies. After he completes his academic studies, Sanderson plans to pursue a career in the Alaska fisheries industry.

Smith, class of 2019, of Nome, is majoring in wildlife biology with a minor in fisheries. He said his academic pursuits, as well as his experience…

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