EAST GREENWICH—Spouses of members of the military have been awarded the Corvias Foundation’s career advancement support scholarship in partnership with the National Military Family Association (NMFA).

The Corvias Foundation is a private charitable foundation located in East Greenwich that is dedicated to the mission of helping military families, students and universities achieve more by providing access to increased educational, mentoring and volunteer opportunities in an effort to help pay back the families of those who have served the country. Established in 2006, the foundation has aided numerous military families by offering grants and scholarships to ease the cost of education and certification programs, thereby increasing family members’ likelihood to find gainful employment.

“For more than four years, we have relied on NMFA to help us support the unique educational and career needs of military spouses,” said Corvias Foundation Executive Director Maria Montalvo in a press release last week. “Spouses working in highly specialized fields, like nursing or social work, are required to obtain new licenses and certifications to continue to grow professionally and contribute to their families. The Corvias Foundation/NMFA Licensure and Certification scholarship program was developed to meet that specific challenge.”

The recipients of this year’s awards include 24 military spouses from across nine states who, thanks to the funding, will be able to procure professional certifications to enhance their employability and thus improve the financial health of the community in the process.

“We are encouraged by and grateful for Corvias Foundation’s commitment to providing education funding for military spouses,” said NMFA Program Manager Allie Jones. “Thanks to their continued support, military spouses seeking educational advancement are able to pursue dreams that otherwise might feel out of reach.”

Since the scholarship was initiated in 2015, 79 military spouses have received over $75,000 in funding via the partnership between Corvias and NMFA. This year’s recipients will pursue certifications and licenses in a wide array of fields including real estate, teaching, medical transportation, social work and equine therapy.

Among this year’s recipients is Elvira Yanez, a psychotherapist and military spouse, who in her application essay shared the hardships of maintaining her career in a profession that requires state-specific licenses to practice.

“After only living in Georgia for seven months, we were on the move…and I changed my licensures again to another state,” stated Yanez. “I decided to move to North Carolina a month prior than my husband in order to start my job as a psychotherapist at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. I moved into an Extended Stay and drove every weekend to Georgia (six hours each way) to assist him in the move. We have now been living in North Carolina for a little over a year. In the past five years, we have lived in three different states, and I have switched my licensures to all three states.”

“Combining our resources with NMFA not only enables us to directly assist, but further combat the increasing national need for employment support as military spouses face unique challenges due to frequent moves and spouse absences,” said Montalvo.

The Corvias Foundation is located at 1405 S County Trail.

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