Scholarships & Awards


2016 Scholarship Sponsors

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One $1,000 scholarship is awarded by the Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council annually to a high school senior bound for college.  Candidates must apply and submit a 600-1,000 word essay on a provided topic. The essay topic for 2017 is “How will the expected policies of President Trump and his administration impact global trade? How will Hampton Roads be affected by the new administration’s positions on global trade?” Applications and essays must be received by April 30, 2017.



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Commerce Builder Award

Each year the Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council presents its Commerce Builder Award to an individual or company whose contributions have significantly influenced the growth of commerce and trade in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

HRGCC Commerce Builders 1956 to 2014

Larry Ewan Honored with HRGCC’s 2015 Commerce Builder Award

NORFOLK, Virginia – June, 2016 – The Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council (HRGCC) is pleased to announce Mr. Larry Ewan, Director of Marketing for Continental Terminals, Inc. as the recipient of the 2015 Commerce Builder Award. The Award was first given to Senator Harry F. Byrd in 1956 and continues to be presented annually to a person or organization responsible for outstanding contributions to the development of world trade in Hampton Roads. Larry was chosen this year for his vast knowledge of logistics services, to both international and domestic clients over the past 26 years he has been in the industry.

Larry held a long and distinguished career in the United States Navy, where he specialized in Amphibious Warfare Operations, Logistics-over-the-shore and the early evolution of the use of civilian high-speed transport of mobilization equipment and personnel, later known as Joint Logistics OverThe Shore (JLOTS). This is where Commander Ewan gained experience in handling cargos from break bulk to container and liquid bulk transfer. It was this experience that was to propel him into a successful career in the Maritime Logistics Industry

Following Retirement from the US Navy, Larry successfully changed careers and entered the international maritime logistics and transportation field. Larry’s position for the last 13 years has been with Continental Terminals, Inc., one of the most acclaimed Commodity Warehouses on the US East Coast. People are accustomed to Larry’s warm personality and he has earned an excellent reputation in marketing and sales of logistic services. Larry has also been instrumental in making Continental Terminals the premier Green Coffee warehouse in the Port of Virginia, with almost a half a million square feet of food grade storage. Continental Terminals is certified by the Organic Industry, licensed by the international Coffee Exchange, provides storage, blending and other services for coffee to over 11 major Coffee Roasters within 500 miles of the Port of Virginia. Other predominant commodities handled at Continental Terminals are cocoa beans and natural rubber.

Larry has served as Board Member to the Governor’s Committee on Maritime Education, Virginia Port Advisory Committee and the Hampton Roads Traffic Club, as well as various other Boards and trade organizations. He currently serves as The Chairman of the Virginia Maritime Association Warehouse Committee and the Vice Chair of the Virginia Port Authority Stakeholders Committee.

Larry’s commitment to the community and his unparalleled knowledge of logistics services, make him an admirable recipient of the 2015 Commerce Builder Award.

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