Forbes Features Corvias Foundation

December 2, 2019

Corvias Foundation, a private foundation founded by John Picerne to support education opportunities for military families, is honored to have the words of two of its scholars featured through  former First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative and Forbes Media. Blogs written by two Corvias Foundation scholars, Lahela Daniels and Samantha Kearney, are featured on the Forbes Civic Nation blog platform to share the challenges first-generation and military-connected students face.

“The two featured college students are among the dozens of scholars supported by Corvias Foundation each year,” said John Picerne, Corvias Foundation founder and CEO of Corvias, a company that partners with the military, municipalities, colleges and universities. “Because military-connected students face unique challenges, Corvias Foundation provides support that goes beyond the dollar to equip our scholars with tools such as mentorships, conference opportunities and career services to nurture their professional development.”

Lahela Daniels is pursuing a degree in sociology and legal studies at the University of Oregon, while Samantha Kearney is studying public health and sociology at The Ohio State University with the ambition of becoming a Registered Dietician. Lahela’s feature can be found here, while Samantha’s feature can be found here. Both Daniels and Kearney are children of active-duty service members who were stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. at the time of the awarded scholarships.

"Lahela and Samantha's stories both eloquently exemplify how the higher education process is impacted by the military family experience," said Maria Montalvo, Corvias Foundation executive director. "These narratives portray how the unique challenges faced by military-connected students can lead to incredible strength and resiliency. Through this blog, Lahela and Samantha can share their inspiring stories with a greater audience and encourage others to reach higher."

“I’m thankful for my scholarship family at Corvias Foundation for providing me a sense of security in knowing that there are other students like me, who are the first in their military family wanting to reach higher for an education,” said Daniels.

This partnership grew out of Corvias Foundation’s military-connected scholar programs, including the #PurpleIs social media campaign that took place earlier this year, which recognized the resiliency of military-dependent children. The color purple represents the colors of the all five military branches combined. Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded nearly $14 million, or more than 450 scholarships, to children of active-duty service members and military spouses.

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:


Christina Chase