Corvias Foundation Awards $500,000 in Scholarships to 11 Military Children at Four Installations

June 4, 2018



Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded college scholarships of up to $50,000 to 11 outstanding high school students, marking the 13th class of scholarship recipients.

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 their 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.

“This scholarship will truly allow my future educational endeavors to thrive. I now have the opportunity to become more involved in school and community activities such as clubs and volunteering, pursue internships and research, and possibly even study abroad,” said 2018 scholarship recipient, Alicia Mitchell, of Fort Meade, Maryland. “Now knowing that there is nothing standing in the way of my future goals, I feel ready to begin this new and exciting chapter in my life.”

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 their choice to pursue their academic careers.

“Each of these students, children of military service members, strive to give back like their parents but in their own ways,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. “Being able to support each of them means more to us than just writing a check, but also through ongoing academic support, mentoring, and internship opportunities.”

Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded more than $7.6 million through 397 scholarships to military spouses and children at 13 different Army and Air Force installations. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring engineers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

“I see college as an investment for my future, and I believe that Corvias Foundation is helping me to set myself up for a promising future,” shared Amayah Edwards, of Hurlburt Field, Florida. “The support that comes with the scholarship is extraordinary and is a big boost to my college experience. I will be provided with resources that help me tread through my college journey.”

The 11 graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Meade in Maryland, and Hurlburt Field in Florida.

Edwards Air Force Base, California
Zoexenita Mercado of Desert High School has been active in the California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, and School of Rock. Zoexenita aspires to be a surgeon and plans to attend the University of California, Davis.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Valerie Cruz Ortiz from Elgin High School has been involved with soccer, National Honor Society, and Student Council. Valerie plans to pursue pediatric medicine at George Mason University.

Cassie Harrington of South View High School has been active in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Science Olympiad, and theater. Cassie plans to pursue a degree in culinary arts and food service management at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte.

Michelle Kurilla of Fayetteville Christian School has participated in cross country, track & field, journalism, and student government. Michelle is interested in pre-law, focusing on public policy and political science, and plans to attend Harvard University.

Meghan Leach of Jack Britt High School has been active in lacrosse, volleyball, swimming, and student government. Meghan plans to study biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with an ultimate goal of attending medical school to become a geneticist.

Aaliyah Lee of Gray’s Creek High School has participated in cross country, National Honor Society, and Girls Expecting More Success (GEMS). Aaliyah is interested in the medical field and will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kavon Sims of Jack Britt High School has been active in basketball, Gentlemen of Distinction, and catering events with his high school. Kavon will study business at North Carolina A&T State University.

Fort Meade, Maryland
Andrew Chafos from Mount Saint Joseph High School has participated in Boy Scouts, Model United Nations, and CyberPatriot. Andrew plans to study mathematics and computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Haylie DiFilippi of Fort Meade Senior High School has been active with Spanish National Honor Society, Key Club, and soccer. Haylie plans to study biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Alicia Mitchell of Meade Senior High School has participated in field hockey, swimming, lacrosse, and many school clubs. Alicia plans to pursue medical school to become a surgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Hurlburt Field, Florida
Amayah Edwards of Fort Walton Beach High School has participated in theater, a biomedical sciences program, and enjoys volunteering in her community. Amayah plans to study chemical engineering at Howard University.

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About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, and military families to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service to 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.

About Corvias
As a privately-owned company headquartered in East Greenwich, RI, Corvias partners with higher education and government institutions nationwide to solve their most essential systemic problems and create long-term, sustainable value through our unique approach to partnership. Corvias pursues the kinds of partnerships that materially and sustainably improve the quality of life for the people who call our communities home, purposefully choosing to partner with organizations who share our values and whose mission is to serve as the foundational blocks, or pillars, of our nation. To learn more, please visit: