Air Force


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

Posted on: May 23.2016

The Foundation has awarded over $6.5 million to military families since 2006

East Greenwich, R.I. (May 23, 2016)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, its 10th, Corvias Foundation has awarded college scholarships of up to $50,000 to 11 outstanding high school students, marking the 11th 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.

 “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 Maria Montalvo, Foundation Executive Director. “Being able to support our scholars financially and through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities is an honor we cannot quantify.”

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.

“The impressive background and equally strong ambition of the scholars never ceases to amaze me and we have another phenomenal class this year,” said John Picerne. “It’s exciting to see a group of kids from different parts of the country, coast to coast, in fact, share the common bond of a military background and also share the road to college. The college experience is about much more than academic success, and we look forward to seeing how these next four years, and more, help to shape these future leaders of America.”

Since 2006, the Corvias Foundation has awarded more than $6.5 million through 349 educational grants and scholarships to spouses and children at 13 different Army and Air Force installations. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring anthropologists, journalists, cardiologists, dieticians and psychologists.

The 11 graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, both in North Carolina.

Jacob Wheeler of Edwards Air Force Base will attend Penn State-Harrisburg where he will pursue a degree in psychology. His parents are Col. Christopher Wheeler of the United States Air Force Test Center and Mrs. Linda Wheeler.

Julia Moreno of Eglin Air Force Base will attend the University of Florida to pursue her interests in business management. Her parents are Maj. Jesse Moreno of the United States Air Force, Air Armament; Air Force Material Command, and Mrs. Jennifer Moreno.

Ally Vahalik of Eielson Air Force Base will attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks to pursue her interests in writing and journalism. Her father is Master Sgt. Jerome Vahalik IV of the United States Air Force, 354th Force Squadron.

Fiona Pedrick of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will attend Occidental College to study diplomacy and world affairs. Her parents are Maj. Gabriel Pedrick of the United States Air Force, 4th Fighter Wing, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and Mrs. Kathliene Pedrick.

Corvias Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary for the remainder of 2016 and invites everyone to visit their website ( to see the giving back movement in action.

About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias Group, 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.

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