$550,000 In Scholarships Awarded To Military Children By Corvias Foundation

May 12, 2015

The Foundation has awarded nearly $6 million to 10 classes of students

East Greenwich, R.I. (May 12, 2015) — Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Group, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded 11 college scholarships of up to $50,000 to outstanding high school students, marking the 10th class of scholarship recipients. Since its founding by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded nearly $6 million in scholarships to the families of active-duty service members.

The scholarships provide reliable, recurring financial assistance over each student's four years of study, as well as a support network that is committed to his or her academic and professional growth. Students receive scholarships in the amount of up to $12,500 per year for four years to pursue a secondary education at colleges and universities around the country.

"Every year we're excited to reward hard-working and ambitious scholars with these scholarships," said Maria Montalvo, Foundation Executive Director. "The Foundation has been providing scholarships for almost a decade and I'm still amazed each year by the impressive backgrounds and professional goals we read in the submissions. This is yet another wonderful class of scholars we're adding to our family."

Corvias Foundation awarded the scholarships based on merit and need. Each student was required to respond to four questions that highlighted different aspects of their lives as students and as members of an active-duty military family. This fall, each student will be attending the four-year institution of his or her choice to pursue their academic careers.

"A person's college experience is about much more than just the academic component," said John Picerne. "While the knowledge and professional skills one attains are extremely important, this is also a critical time for personal development. The scholarships will help these young scholars live out that true college experience and get the most out of the opportunity."

Since 2006, the Corvias Foundation has awarded nearly $6 million through more than 300 scholarships and educational grants to military children and spouses. Among this year's scholarship recipients are aspiring anthropologists, biologists, neuroscientists, pharmacists and teachers.

The 11 graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Fort Polk in Louisiana, Fort Riley in Kansas and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

The names of the outstanding students who received the awards follow:


Chrissandra Jackson will graduate from Aberdeen High School. She is the Senior Class President and has been involved in Key Club, volleyball, LEO Club, Speech and Debate, Green Team environmental club, and has volunteered many hours with the Boys & Girls Clubs. Chrissandra will pursue her interests in neuroscience and international relations at American University. Her father is Sgt. 1st Class Les Jackson of the United States Army Chemical Materials Activity.


Alejandro Benitez will graduate from Cumberland International Early College High School and has been active in student government, Speech and Debate, National Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society. Alejandro plans to study English at North Carolina State University. His father is Sgt. Enrique Benitez of the United States Army 127th Engineer Battalion.

Sierra Cook will graduate from Jack Britt High School and has been involved with Key Club, National Honor Society, cheerleading, Military Appreciation Club, track and field, and has volunteered many hours in her community. Sierra will pursue her interests in pharmacy at the University of Kentucky. Her mother is Lt. Col. Tammy Bradshaw-Cook of the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC).

Jacqueline Leibman will graduate from Reid Ross Classical School and has been active in orchestra, student government, yearbook, Key Club, National Honor Society, and volunteers in her community. Jacqueline plans to study anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her father is Master Sgt. John Leibman of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).

Sydney McGuire will graduate from Jack Britt High School and has been involved in many volunteer activities with Key Club and National Honor Society, and participates in volleyball, swimming, and track. Sydney plans to pursue human biology at the University of California, San Diego. Her father is Lt. Col. Michael McGuire of the United States Army Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Alan Xie will graduate from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Alan has been active at school and in his community with Science Olympiad, HOSA, TSA, and participated in the Conrad Spirit of Innovations Challenge. Alan plans to pursue his interests at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His father is Sgt. Yixi Xie of the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.


Sarah Nakasone will graduate from The Catholic High School of Baltimore and has participated in Speech and Debate Team, Quiz Bowl, and has been active in her community. Sarah will attend the University of Chicago to pursue a degree in biology with a concentration in epidemics. Her father is Maj. Gen. Paul Nakasone of the United States Army Cyber National Mission Force.


Elisabeth Sanders will graduate from Pickering High School and has been involved in softball, BETA Club, yearbook, National Honor Society, and Junior Civitan Club. Elisabeth plans to attend Louisiana Tech University to study English with the ultimate plan of becoming an English teacher. Her father is Chief Warrant Officer 3 Scott Shafer of the United States Army JRTC Ops Group Aviation Division.


Samantha Gameros will graduate from Manhattan High School and is involved with National Honor Society, Medical Explorers, choir, and has volunteered in her community. Samantha plans to pursue her interests in biochemistry and biology at Kansas State University. Her father is Sgt. 1st Class Santos Gameros of the United States Army Co 601st CAB 1st Infantry Division.

Benedikt Reynolds will graduate from Junction City High School and has participated in jazz band, photography, filmmaking, swimming, and an internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Benedikt plans to attend Brandeis University to study human factors psychology and industrial design. His father is Col. John Reynolds of the United States Army 1st Infantry Brigade.


Kiera Aycock-Williams will graduate from Southaven High School in Southaven, Mississippi. She is an active board member with Memphis Miles for Myeloma, and participates in choir, theater, swimming and dance. Kiera plans to study criminology at the University of Memphis. Her father is Staff Sgt. Robert Williams of the Reynolds Army Community Hospital (RACH).

About Corvias Foundation

Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of the Corvias Group, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteering opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service of their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November atwww.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.

About Corvias Group

Corvias Group is a privately-owned company that strives to tackle tough, large-scale challenges through trusted partnerships that put client interests first; focus more on performance than profit; and, produce sustainable long-term solutions. Three business divisions deliver our mission of Living Made Better — Corvias Military Living, Corvias Campus Living and Corvias Solutions. We work on behalf of the U.S. military, colleges and universities, and public sector agencies to develop tailored solutions that remedy some of America's most challenging deficiencies in infrastructure and facilities caused by chronic underinvestment. All Corvias Group companies are governed by three core principles: Be the best provider of service; be the best place to work; and, generously give back to the communities where we live and serve. Corvias (kor-vee-us) Group is headquartered in East Greenwich, R.I. www.corvias.com