Navarre High School student receives $50,000 scholarship

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NAVARRE — Juan Carlos Herrera Jr., a student at Navarre High School was awarded one of the Corvias Foundation’s college scholarships.

“It was ... hard to believe at first,” Herrera said. “Everyone was really excited.”

Corvias Foundation, a private foundation founded by Corvias CEO John Picerne to support education opportunities for military families, announced the scholarship on Thursday, according to a press release from the Corvias Foundation.

Herrera Jr., is the child of an active duty service member at Eglin Air Force Base. He will be part of the 15th class of Corvias Foundation scholarship recipients.

He also volunteers at his local church and stays active by playing soccer and working on cars with his father. Juan Carlos plans to attend the University of South Alabama to study mechanical engineering, as his goal is to become an automotive engineer.

“A major part of our mission is to provide deserving children of active duty service members with the financial resources needed to achieve their academic goals,” said Maria Montalvo, executive director of Corvias Foundation.

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, the release said.

“I am extremely honored to receive this scholarship and I would like to thank everyone at the Corvias Foundation for this amazing opportunity,” said Herrera in the release. “This scholarship will significantly ease the financial burdens of college and put me one step closer to becoming a Mechanical Engineer. I am extremely grateful.”