Seafarers Scholarship Makes Difference to Union Family


September 2015


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A recipient of the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan (SHBP) scholarship has parlayed her $20,000 grant into an advanced degree.


She is Randi Isenhart, daughter of inland Captain Randy Isenhart who works for union-contracted Crowley Maritime Corporation. The Del Haven, New Jersey, native recently received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Both Randi and her father justifiably are proud of her accomplishment and had only words of extreme gratitude to the union for the SHBP scholarship and the game-changing role it played in her success.


“With the high costs associated with attending college these days, the scholarship Randi received from the union was definitely a huge help for us,” the senior Isenhart said. “I would just like to extend our sincere thanks to the union for helping to make this wonderful achievement for her possible.


“Randi comes from a long line of Seafarers and we all are proud of her,” he continued. “I’ve been sailing with the SIU for more than 20 years now and her late grandfather was also a retired Seafarer. Randi is a great kid and our entire family is proud of her.”


Randi expressed her gratefulness for the SHBP’s monetary support in a series of letters to several union officials, including SIU President Michael Sacco.


“I wanted to sincerely thank you for the SIU scholarship,” she said in her correspondence to President Sacco. “The scholarship money enabled me to attend Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, from which I just graduated with high distinction with a BS in biology and biotechnology.”


Randi said she that during her time at WPI, she had the opportunity to supplement her academics by competing in collegiate-level ballroom dancing, being active in her fraternity and completing a course related project in Zurich, Switzerland.


“Each of these endeavors provided me with invaluable experience in leadership,” she continued. “This perfect balance between academics and extracurriculars helped me find employment conducting cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. I hope to work there for a few years and eventually pursue my Ph.D.


“All of this has been possible thanks to your generous scholarship,” she concluded. “I really can’t thank you enough.”


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