May 3, 2019

Corvias Foundation, a private charitable foundation, today announced it has awarded college scholarships of up to $50,000 to 13 high school seniors. Eleven of the scholarship recipients are military children located across six installations. These scholarships mark the 14th class of Corvias Foundation scholarship recipients.

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, as well as members of an active-duty military family if applicable. This fall, each student will be attending the four-year institution of their choice to pursue their academic careers.

“We are honored to award this year’s scholarships to these deserving and outstanding high school students,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. “Every year I continue to be amazed by the incredible drive and determination of these students. We are honored to be able to help them achieve their academic dreams.”

The scholarships provide reliable, recurring financial assistance over each student’s four years of study. 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.

“Through this scholarship, my college path is completely altered,” said 2019 scholarship recipient, Kayla Marschall, of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “Prior to my selection as a recipient, I had planned to attend a local community college despite my ambition to attend a prestigious institution where I would have limitless educational and career opportunities. With the help of this financial aid, I will be allowed to further my education at a dynamic university that will challenge me both academically and socially. I am beyond thankful that I can now fully seek out my dream of becoming a lawyer in the future through the aid that I have been granted.”

In addition to financial support, the recipients will each receive academic assistance and career services should they need it.

“Our idea of support does not stop at the award amount,” said Maria Montalvo, Corvias Foundation’s executive director. “We provide our recipients with tools such as a support network, mentoring and various internship opportunities to help the students grow both academically and professionally.”

Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded 428 scholarships, or nearly $9 million, to military children, spouses, and employee children across 13 Army and Air Force installations. Of the students selected, several are the first in their families to pursue higher education, with intentions of pursuing various areas of study, such as medicine, business, law and biomedical engineering, at top schools including Georgetown University, Dartmouth College, and New York University, to name a few.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Charlie Sewell of Pinecrest High School has been active in soccer, National Honors society and Math Club. He participates in clubs related to his plans for a medical career, including Medical Explorers and Health Occupational Students of America. He is planning to study Global Health at Georgetown University with an interest in attending medical school in the future.

Kayla Marschall attends Jack Britt High School where she is involved in lacrosse and the Spanish Honor Society. In the fall of 2019 she will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to major in Political Science and minor in Spanish. She is guided by the ultimate goal of attending law school after college where she can work to make a difference in her community.

Keri Kellum from Jack Britt High School ran varsity track Freshman year and was a member of the yearbook club. She is looking forward to attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to major in Mass Communications, where she plans to use her learned skills to go into the marketing, media, and film business industry.

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Yuli Vazquez from Lawton High School is a member of various extracurricular activities at her school, such as the National Honors Society and Varsity Soccer team. Her participation in Upward Bound—a college readiness program—has prepared her to graduate as one of the top ten students of her class and eventually attend the University of Oklahoma. Yuli intends to study Mathematics Education to become a teacher and contribute to the constantly changing world of education.

Fort Riley, Kansas

Denzel Acheampong attends Junction City High School in Kansas and spends his free time engaging in his community and school, including serving as a Page for State Representative Lonnie Clark, volunteering with the Red Cross, or giving presentations to community organization about being a student who is focused on pursuing a public health career. He will be attending Dartmouth College in hopes of becoming a pharmacist.

Irmarys Cortes-Torres of Junction City High School has volunteered at many community events, especially for local youth centers and organization, and has been active in her school’s Robotics team and Technology Students Association. She will be attending George Washington University in Washington D.C. to study biomedical engineering. She plans to work with artificial organs and help patients and families in need of transplants.

Fort Meade, Maryland

Diana Holman of Meade Senior High School has been active in concert band, steel drum band, pit-orchestra, cheerleading, volleyball, key club, national honor society, and has volunteered in her community with Happy Helpers for the Homeless. She plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to study forensic science, with the ultimate goal of becoming a crime scene investigator for a government agency.

Angel Pajimola of Clover Hill High School is a member of various honor societies and a captain of her school’s color guard in marching band. In the fall, she will attend Virginia Commonwealth University to study biology along a pre-med track with the hopes of pursuing a career in the medical field and providing affordable health care to her community.

Quinn Rusmisell of Harper Middle College High School has already started two businesses (his first at age 13), assists elders in his community, and volunteers at a local accounting firm. He will attend the University of Georgia to major in finance. Quinn’s entrepreneurial spirit remains strong, and his ultimate goal is to start his own investment fund.

Hurlburt Air Field, Florida

Jesus Molina of Fort Walton Beach High School was a member of the Viking football team, as well as the Viking band. He is attending New York University (NYU) in the fall and where he will major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and pursue a double minor in bioethics and poverty studies. He plans to attend medical school after graduation and open a sustainable clinic then hospital.

Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Amber Morera is a 2019 graduate of Crestview High School. She has been active in soccer, student government, and National Honor Society and has been very engaged in her community. She plans on attending The Ohio State University this fall to study international business.


About Corvias Foundation

Corvias Foundation 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. To learn more, please visit:

About Corvias

As a privately-owned company headquartered in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, 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: