EAST GREENWICH, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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
“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
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
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: corviasfoundation.org.
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: corvias.com.
Maria Montalvo, Corvias Foundation