Foundation assists military spouses
OUR FAMILY FOR FAMILIES FIRST FOUNDATION
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. – Our Family for Families First Foundation, the nationally recognized private, charitable foundation of Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, announced Sept. 3 it has awarded $100,000 in grants to the spouses of active-duty service members. As part of the award, 20 military spouses each received $5,000 education grants in support of secondary education.
The Foundation's 2013 grant recipients are the spouses of active-duty service members stationed at six of the military installations on which Corvias has partnered with the Army to improve the quality of housing.
Recipients from Fort Riley include Kirsten Gilmartin and Tahcara Shorter.
Gilmartin is pursuing a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland-University College. She said she wants to be a teacher and is passionate about working with students in special education. Her husband is Spc. Matthew W. Gilmartin.
Shorter is pursuing an associate's degree in nursing at Manhattan Area Technical College. She plans to continue toward a bachelor's degree in nursing, with an ultimate goal of becoming a nurse. Her husband is Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Dennis Shorter, U.S. Army.
"Our goal in setting up the foundation seven years ago was to find a way to give back to the service members by supporting their spouses and children in their pursuit of higher education," Picerne said. "We are extremely proud of this year's worthy grant recipients and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the years to come."
Since its founding in 2006, the Our Family for Families First Foundation has awarded more than $4.5 million in scholarships to 90 children of active-duty service members, including $815,000 in educational grants to 163 military spouses, based on need and merit. At Fort Riley alone, the foundation has awarded $776,000 to 46 recipients.
"We are honored to support the hopes and dreams of this year's deserving grant recipients," said Maria Montalvo, foundation executive director. "Providing military spouses with support in pursuing secondary education is just one of the many ways that we strive to give back to our communities and improve quality of life for our service members and their Families."
In 2014, the foundation plans to expand the number of military installations on which it offers educational support. In addition to the six Army installations on which Corvias develops and manages military housing, the foundation will begin awarding scholarships and grants to spouses and children of active-duty service members stationed at the six Air Force bases that the company began managing as of Sept. 1. The bases range from Alaska to Florida and include Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.; and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
The Our Family for Families First Foundation was recognized at the White House in April 2012 by First Lady Michelle Obama as the People's Choice winner of the first Joining Forces Community Challenge. The challenge spotlighted citizens and organizations with a demonstrated, genuine and deep desire to be of service to military Families.
Our Family for Families First Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias Group, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military Families and employees to reach higher. The foundation 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. The foundation strives to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals, and this is achieved through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving.