Corvias Foundation Awards College Scholarships to Three Children of Corvias Employees

East Greenwich, RI (May 27, 2020) - Corvias Foundation, a private foundation founded by Corvias CEO John Picerne to support education opportunities for military families, today announced it has awarded college scholarships worth up to $50,000 each to three high school seniors. The recipients, who share the goal of making a positive impact in their community and world, are each the child of a Corvias employee. This scholarship program runs alongside the organization’s main program which provides college scholarships to children of active duty service members. These scholarships mark the 15th class of Corvias Foundation scholarship recipients, each of whom will be attending a four-year institution of their choice.

“In these uncertain times, state budgets and, subsequently, state school finances are being affected by current circumstances,” said Maria Montalvo, Corvias Foundation executive director. “We are grateful we can continue to support these outstanding scholars and their many aspirations.”

The scholarships provide dependable and recurring financial assistance for each of the scholars’ four years of study. Students receive scholarships in the amount of up to $12,500 per year for four years to pursue their secondary education at colleges and universities around the country.

“I am very honored to be selected for such a prestigious scholarship,” said scholarship recipient Nathan Buckland. “This will help support my plans of attending Kansas State University majoring in Music Education. I hope to mentor and inspire students in the way the entire fine arts department at Junction City High School mentored and supported me throughout my high school career.”

Recipients will also receive beyond-the-dollar support, including a dedicated network of fellow scholars and Corvias professionals, conference and internship opportunities, and mentoring, to encourage both academic and professional success.

“I’ve had the chance to meet many scholarship recipients and see how they grow and succeed,” said Juan Cano, brand innovator at Corvias and father of scholarship recipient, Cecilia Cano-Daly. “To know that our daughter Cecilia can be part of this group and enjoy the many opportunities and experiences the Foundation provides, makes us very proud.”

“Providing support that gives back to others and generates positive long-term impacts is a crucial part of Corvias Foundation’s mission,” said Picerne. “Providing scholarships to support the academic aspirations of the impressive children whose parents I work with every day is just one of the ways we can accomplish that objective. The scholars are outstanding young men and women who have big dreams and goals, and I look forward to witnessing their journeys.”  

“My wife and I are extremely proud of Madison, not only for her academic achievements, but also for her desire and commitment to serve others,” said Paul Duprey, project manager at Corvias and the father of recipient Madison Duprey. “She spent many hours volunteering to feed homeless individuals and families and worked with children in the foster care system. She’s a great kid with exceptional character and integrity and we couldn’t be prouder of the young lady she has become!”

Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded nearly $14 million to military children, spouses, and children of Corvias employees. The group of students selected for this year’s scholarship will be studying a wide variety of subjects such as engineering, nursing, and international business, at a number of different colleges and universities located across the country.

Scholarship Recipients

Cecilia Cano-Daly will graduate from Pilgrim High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, where she is enrolled in several college level courses at the Community College of Rhode Island. During her senior year, Cecilia combined her passion for art and helping people, and held art therapy workshops for teens and adults. She plans to attend Lesley University and major in global studies. Cecilia is looking forward to studying abroad, completing internships, and preparing for a career in social justice.

Madison Duprey of Hopedale, MA is actively involved in high school, community, and church activities. She volunteers at local food banks, senior centers, animal shelters, and a non-profit organization that provides enrichment programs for foster children. Madison is classically trained in piano and is active in sports. She plans to attend the University of Alabama to study biology with a pre-dental focus.

Nathan Buckland from Junction City High School in Junction City, Kansas, has been active in multiple choirs, musical theater, and band. He has performed for churches and other events throughout his community. Nathan plans to attend Kansas State University to study music education with the goal of teaching music at the high school level.


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:  


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