Corvias Foundation Awards $500,000 in Scholarships to 12 Military Children at Six Installations

June 7, 2017

Media contact: Melissa Ballou

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East Greenwich, R.I. (June 5, 2017)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, its 11th, Corvias Foundation has awarded college scholarships of up to $50,000 to 12 outstanding high school students, marking the 12th 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 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.

“This scholarship will impact my college path by allowing me to focus on my studies and finding my place without worrying about student loans and debt,” said 2017 scholarship recipient, Danielle Garrido. “Through the support of the Foundation, I will be able to reach higher and challenge myself in all aspects, because I now have the ability to access new opportunities and experiences.”

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.

“Each year, we are awed by the drive and determination in these military family members to reach high in their goals and dreams, and all the while, giving back to their communities,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder, “Being able to support our scholars financially and through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities is an honor we cannot quantify.”

Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded more than $7 million through 364 scholarships to military spouses and children at 13 different Army and Air Force installations. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring engineers, philanthropists, nurses, physical therapists, and teachers.

The 12 graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Polk in Louisiana, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

Danielle Garrido from Bel Air High School has participated in cross country, track, CORE Club, and basketball. Danielle plans to study biomedical engineering or bioengineering at the University of Michigan.

Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Jacob Flanigan from Navarre High School has participated in Indoor Percussion, Marching Band, and teaches elementary students at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Jacob plans to study computer science and music at the University of West Florida.

Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

Jeyani James from Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School has participated in track, volleyball, and basketball. Jeyani plans to study business at the University of Oregon.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Aquesha Addison from E.E. Smith High School has participated in National Honor Society, Key Club, and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC). Aquesha plans to study engineering at Florida State University.

Brittany Broome from Jack Britt High School has been involved with Yearbook as editor-in-chief, Student Government, and Key Club. Brittany plans to study international human rights law or diplomacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Grace Schilling from Massey Hill Classical High School has been involved in Student Government, swimming, and running. Grace plans to study biology at the University of Kansas.

Leah Ortiz from Massey Hill Classical High School has been active with the Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, and soccer. Leah plans to study nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Tristen Orr from E.E. Smith High School has participated in Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) and soccer. Tristen plans to study education at East Carolina University.

Fort Polk, Louisiana

Chesna Castro from DeRidder High School has participated in soccer, peer tutoring, and volunteers in her community. Chesna plans to study chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University.

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Tisa Berry from Eisenhower High School has been active in Key Club, Partner’s Club for Special Olympics, volunteering at the library and church, and Fine Arts. Tisa plans to study psychiatry at Baylor University.

Kenny Ramos from Lawton High School has been active in Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and soccer. Kenny plans to study sports exercise science at University of Central Oklahoma.

Sean Tolbert from Lawton High School has participated in Key Club, Student Council, and the Freshman Buddy Initiative. Sean plans to study business at Oklahoma State University.


About Corvias Foundation

Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, 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 at or call 401-228-2836 for more information.


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: