Corvias Foundation Selects 2018 Military Spouse Scholarship Recipients

December 3, 2018

Corvias Foundation, a private foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. Helping military spouses overcome economic hurdles by allowing them to equip themselves with the tools and accreditation to join the workforce has always been a key focus of the organization. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $100,000, each up to $5,000, to spouses of active-duty service members across the country.

“Each year, we are so impressed by all of our scholarship recipients and how they integrate their professional goals into the unique and complex challenges of military life,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation Executive Director. “They seamlessly adapt to a spouse’s changing assignments, schedules, and locations, and we are privileged to play a small role as they pursue education, training and licensing, employment readiness, and career connections.”

While each spouse comes from a unique background and they all have their own individual goals, there is a strong common thread of aspiring to help those who need a champion. For example, several of the recipients will further their studies to pursue work that helps and supports military families, a perfect encapsulation of the Foundation’s ripple-effect of giving. Among the scholarship recipients this year are aspiring lawyers, dental hygienists, accountants, nurses, social workers, and teachers.

Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded nearly $8 million through 417 scholarships to military spouses and children at 13 different Army and Air Force installations.

Online applications for the 2019 scholarships for children and spouses of active-duty service members are available now at corviasfoundation.org.

Following are our 2018 scholarship recipients:

Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Jaime Carson is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, St. Paul. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Curtis Carson III of the U.S. Air Force.

Lina Heath is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Pensacola State College. Her husband is Sgt. Charles Heath of the U.S. Air Force.

Claudia Ovalles is pursuing a Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) emphasis from Texas A&M University. Her husband is Master Sgt. Gregory Taylor of the U.S. Air Force.

Miriam Villa is a freshman pursuing an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Pensacola State College. Her husband is Sgt. Jesse Villa of the U.S. Army.

Lizbeth Worker is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Utica College of Syracuse University. Her husband is 1st Lt. Jeremiah Worker of the U.S. Army.

Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

Angelica Noa is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her husband is Master Sgt. Wayne Noa of the U.S. Air Force.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Dagmar Lee is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. Her husband is 1st Sgt. Steven Lee of the U.S. Army.

Michelle Spearman is pursuing a Master’s degree in Nutrition Dietetics from Meredith College. Her husband is Spc. Stephen Lee Spearman Jr. of the U.S. Army.

Fort Polk, Louisiana

Teleithea Handy is pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology at McNeese State University. Her husband is Spc. Quinton Handy of the U.S. Army.

Roberta Kuczynski is pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Her husband is Sgt. Devin J. Kuczynski of the U.S. Army.

Fort Riley, Kansas

Rebecca Davis is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work from Walden University. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Raymond Davis of the U.S. Army.

Fort Rucker, Alabama

Jessie Kalal is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Penn State World Campus, the online campus of The Pennsylvania State University. Her husband is Sgt. 1stClass Alexander Kalal of the U.S. Army.

Samantha Lorandeau is a junior pursing a Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language at Troy University. Her husband is Warrant Officer 1 Eugene Lorandeau II of the U.S. Army.

Lorrin Tschirhart is pursuing the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Her husband is 2nd Lt. Ryan Tschirhart of the U.S. Army.

Haidee Veale is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree from Pikes Peak Community College. Her husband is Warrant Officer 1 Christian Veale of the U.S. Army.

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Caprice Miller is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security from Southern New Hampshire University. Her husband is 2nd Lt. Joshua Miller of the U.S. Army.

Hurlburt Field, Florida

Andrea Ott is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Pensacola State College. Her husband is Airman 1st Class Christopher Ott of the U.S. Air Force.

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina

Olivia Koontz is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Kole Koontz of the U.S. Air Force.

About Corvias Foundation

Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, 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.

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 corvias.com.