There are now 131 Corvias Scholars. Some of us are currently in school, winding down the spring semester. The other 70 or so of us are making our way through graduate programs, forging careers, growing families, and living as adults day-to-day. There are now ten years of experience within the alumni family, ten rings in the tree, spanning all walks of life, all manners of studies and expertise. All this potential at our fingertips. But how do we do anything with it?
I estimate that I’ve met and spent time with about 50 alumni, to varying degrees of intimacy. I have known some of you since elementary school — this is common within the Corvias Foundation, there are only so many schools at each base. Other alumni know each other through siblings, through babysitting, or grade school soccer programs. But many of us have yet to meet.
I have gotten to know most of you over the years at Alumni Summits. At these last two summits, I have felt the connective tissue between scholars solidify. I have heard such stories from you all: like one scholar who reached out for help with a book drive and received hundreds of books. I have heard of scholars following job leads that came to them from the Corvias network, of them moving across the country and starting new lives. I have spoken with business owners, doctors, scientists, and musicians — and while some may scoff that I could have done this anywhere, there’s nothing quite like the caliber of a Corvias scholarship recipient. Recently, Melissa facilitated a connection between myself and a seasoned mentor in my own field, arts and entertainment.
I am truly excited about all of this because I think that something is happening. I think that something really cool is starting. We, the Corvias scholars, have evolved. The Corvias Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary. The first scholars have entered a phase of their lives well beyond what a freshmen undergraduate is living through, and that distance between the first class and the most recent class will always be growing. For every question you have, every problem you’ve gotten stuck on, there is now a professional to turn to. After all this time, the Corvias network has matured and can now tend to itself.
Ask yourself: Where do you want to be going in your life? How can the Corvias network help you get there? Even if it’s silly, even if it’s the longest shot of your life, is it worth asking for? Probably.