Fort Bragg spouses receive additional help with scholarships

FORT BRAGG — Mothers, a woman in her 40s and nurses are among more than a dozen Fort Bragg spouses receiving a little extra help after being chosen for the 2022 Corvias Foundation Military Spouse Scholarship .

The 14 Fort Bragg spouses are among a total of 18 who will each receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship, according to a press release from the Corvias Foundation – a private organization founded by Corvias housing president John Picerne. to support educational opportunities for military families. .

Scholarship funds can be used for expenses associated with earning degrees, such as paying for class transportation, child care, tuition, etc.

“Military spouses in particular face incredibly high unemployment rates and wage gaps,” said Maria Montalvo, executive director of the Corvias Foundation. “Frequent moves, deployments, childcare needs, etc. are obstacles that all contribute to their career challenges.

“We created this scholarship program to help address these challenges and help military spouses earn a degree that will help support their families and their own professional futures.”

Fort Bragg’s wife, Lori Stahlberg, worked in the dental industry for over 17 years as a dental hygienist while attending North Carolina State University as a full-time student focusing on accounting.

“My kids are my biggest inspiration to pursue higher education,” Stahlberg said. “They inspire me to pursue my dreams and achieve success. I want my children to know that they are capable of achieving anything they work hard for and think about. I strive to be the best role model I can be for them.

Fort Bragg recipient Joan Rosado said that while being a military spouse, you have to “maintain the home front, understand the inconsistencies of demanding careers, and be willing to sacrifice yourself in all areas of life,” she consider it an honor.

“I am grateful for the opportunities this scholarship will provide me in my graduate studies. I am also grateful for the service of my husband, who opened the possibility for me to accept this scholarship,” said Rosado.

Rosado is an elementary school teacher with undergraduate degrees in special education and rehabilitation with a focus on deaf studies, as well as Spanish and Portuguese.

She has worked with children for six years while attending post-graduate school for three years. She is currently studying curriculum and teaching at Southern New Hampshire University.

Other spouses plan to use the scholarship to advance careers in nursing, interior design and cybersecurity.

Colonel John Wilcox, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander, congratulated the recipients and wished them the best in their “continuing higher education efforts.”

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Other Fort Bragg Scholars

Other Fort Bragg Fellows are:

• Nyara Allen, mother of two toddlers, is studying for her associate degree in nursing. She plans to attend Fayetteville State University to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees to become a certified nurse midwife.

• Madeline Carter, a transfer student from Southern Illinois University to Western Governors University, is preparing for her elementary education degree. She is in her second semester of the program and is expected to graduate in the spring.

• Mechelle Champion is enrolled at Fayetteville Technical Community College and intends to become a surgical technician.

• Luafalealii Evans will be completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Fayetteville State University. She believes it is important for military spouses to maintain an individual identity while continuing to support their spouse’s mission.

• Melanie Johnson-Cook is a mother of three children and has worked in the medical field for almost nine years. She plans to take classes at the Creighton School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to complete her second bachelor’s degree with a concentration in nursing.

• Belkis Lopez, who has been a registered nurse for five years and plans to pursue her master’s degree at Chamberlain University, College of Nursing – Chicago to become a nurse practitioner.

• Stéphanie Mathis returns to school in her 40s to pursue an associate’s degree in medical office billing and coding before continuing to receive her bachelor’s degree.

• Kelsey McCann is originally from California and recently moved to North Carolina after serving in England for almost four years. She is currently studying at Campbell University to become a physician assistant.

• Katie Mook, is a registered nurse pursuing her master’s degree with a specialty in family medicine at George Washington University.

• Bobbie Nicolas is pursuing her Associate of Science in Nursing degree at Fayetteville Technical Community College with a long-term goal of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to work in a neonatal intensive care unit or through pediatric home care.

• Cyd Marie Ramírez Collazo is a University of Puerto Rico student who was admitted to the undergraduate biology program earlier this year. She has conducted research on the taxonomy of mesophotic coral reef invertebrates in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and is a member of the Biology National Honor Society, Zeta Alpha Chapter.

• Savannah West has an interest in interior design and has enrolled at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design where she is expected to graduate in 2023.

Writer Rachael Riley can be reached at [email protected] or 910-486-3528.

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