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Thousands of dollars of scholarships awarded to military children by Corvias Foundation

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FORT POLK, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – 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, Corvias Foundation has awarded 11 college scholarships of up to $50,000 to outstanding high school students, marking the ninth class of Our Future scholarship recipients.

Since its founding by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships to the families of active-duty service members.

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.

“We are impressed every year by the remarkable students who apply for scholarships,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation executive director. “The breadth of the applicants’ commitment to their academics and their community makes the selection process difficult, but we look forward to welcoming these new scholars into our Foundation family.”

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 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.

“This year we were honored to expand on our commitment to bettering the communities in which we serve and extend this scholarship opportunity to the six new Air Force bases in our portfolio,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. “We are extremely proud of each of our scholarship recipients and we look forward to seeing all they will achieve.”

Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring publishers, scientists, doctors, and those with social justice aspirations and business dreams. The eleven graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, Fort Meade in Maryland, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

From Fort Bragg, Jeanmary Aray Freites plans to attend St. Lawrence University, NY in the fall to work toward medical school; Megan Conroy will attend Duke University to study science; Cherrel Manley plans to study pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Katelyn Mann will attend Green Mountain College to pursue her interest in environmental and sustainability studies; and Zia Matti plans to attend St. Cloud State University to pursue a degree in chemistry, to eventually become a pharmacist.

Carla Aviles-Jimenez of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will pursue her interests in publishing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kamrie Risku will pursue a degree in psychiatry at North Carolina State University.

Chris Buckley and Sara Russell, both of Fort Meade, will attend the University of Maryland and University of Texas at Austin to study mechanical engineering and environmental science, respectively.

From Fort Sill, Samantha Ciaramitaro plans to pursue her interests in advertising and

broadcasting at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Oluwasegun Paul Emenogu Ntia will begin his studies at The Ohio State University to pursue being a neurosurgeon.

Online scholarship applications are available each November at or call 401-228-2836 for more information.

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