Corvias Foundation Awards $100,000 In Educational Grants To 20 Military Spouses

September 10, 2015

Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded $1,002,500 in educational grants to 203 spouses

East Greenwich, R.I. (September 1, 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 alone, Corvias Foundation has awarded 20 educational grants totaling $100,000 to the spouses of active-duty service members.

"Each of these women should be commended for their determination to better prepare themselves to achieve their professional goals," said Maria Montalvo, Foundation Executive Director. "We're so glad to be able to offer them financial assistance and, more importantly, a support network to be there for them on this journey."

Since its founding by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in educational grants and scholarships to the spouses and kids of active-duty service members.

"Corvias' commitment to improving the quality of life for service members and their families extends well beyond housing," said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. "Education is one of the best ways anyone can improve his or her life and we're honored to help these 20 spouses pursue these dreams without the burden of debt."

This year's recipients are stationed at seven Army and Air Force installations across the United States.

Nine of the spouses represented Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Dalya Alagele is pursuing a master's degree in science education at Fayetteville State University, as she works toward becoming a dentist. Kaleena Cook, a junior attending Ashford University, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology. Sherryl Esplana, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing. LaVida Frieson, a freshman, is earning a certificate in cosmetology from Paul Mitchell. Bobbe Garcia is studying art education as a junior at Fayetteville State University. Amanda Hunnicutt and Kierin Johnson are both working on their associate's degree in dental hygiene from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Malori Mayor is a sophomore at Fayetteville State University pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing. Linda Persaud is pursuing a certificate of office management from Allied American University.

Katlynn Dillon of Fort Polk in Louisiana is a junior pursing a bachelor's degree in social work from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Carolette Wright, also of Fort Polk, is pursuing a master's degree in public administration from Old Dominion University.

From Fort Riley in Kansas, Sina Carwell and Queenter Ochanda are pursuing bachelor's degrees in nursing at Washburn University. Cardwell is currently a senior while Ochanda is a junior. Alyssa Jackson is pursuing a master's degree in international affairs from Kansas State University. Shametra Stoxstill is a sophomore pursing an associate's degree in liberal studies at Barton County Community College.

Heather Palmer, from Fort Rucker in Alabama, is a freshman at George C. Wallace Community College pursuing an associate's degree in nursing.

Destiny Leggett from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida is a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northwest Florida State College.

Diana Jusino of Hurlburt Field in Florida is a freshman pursing an associate's degree in aeronautics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Lastly, two spouses at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas have also received grants. Rose Caceres and Katherine Jensen are both pursing bachelor's degrees in nursing from Wichita State University and are currently seniors.

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 or call 401-228-2836 for more information.