APG youth wins Corvias scholarship

APG youth Danielle Garrido, a 2017 Bel Air High School graduate, is one of 12 national recipients of a college scholarship from the Corvias Foundation, the charitable branch of Corvias. | Courtesy photo

APG youth Danielle Garrido, a 2017 Bel Air High School graduate, is one of 12 national recipients of a college scholarship from the Corvias Foundation, the charitable branch of Corvias.

Garrido, the daughter of U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Garrido, program manager of the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Division of the U.S. Army Public Health Center at APG South (Edgewood), and Kimberley Garrido, plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan and join the Navy ROTC program in the fall.

Melissa Ballou, the director of programs for the Corvias Foundation, said Garrido stood out among the more than 90 other applicants.

“In addition to having a strong academic record and involvement in many leadership positions in school, we were greatly impressed with Danielle’s commitment to service and making her community a better place,” Ballou said.

Each applicant was required to answer four questions that brought attention to different aspects of their lives as students and military children. The scholarships were awarded based on merit and need.

Garrido said she was “definitely surprised” when she learned she was chosen for the scholarship.

“I pretty much started crying,” she said. “It’s amazing. It’s definitely going to allow me to focus more on my education, and I’m really appreciative.”

Garrido was thrust into the military lifestyle when her father decided to re-enlist while she was a high school freshman in Reno, Nevada.

The family’s first assignment brought them to Fairfax, Virginia where, despite going through a “cultural shock,” Garrido said she was astounded by the “instant camaraderie” she felt after joining the military community.

“I haven’t been a military brat my whole life, so its been kind of cool to see the different sides of it,” she said. “Community and just the moral experiences that [the military] provides has a lot to do with my end goal to become a doctor in the military.”

While Garrido has faced some challenges due to the constant moves associated with the military lifestyle, she said it has forced her to work harder to achieve her goals academically as well as athletically; she runs cross-country, track, and plays basketball.

“Moving around doesn’t give you an advantage, you have to create your own way and make your experiences what they are, especially being in the military,” she said.

Garrido’s parents said they are proud of their daughter’s accomplishments.

“As parents we often guide our kids to set goals and teach life’s lessons; however, it is up to them to ultimately reach those goals. We are very appreciative to have Corvias acknowledge [that] Dani strives for success in all she does,” her father said.

For more information about the Corvias Foundation scholarship program, visit http://www.corvias.com/giving-back/foundation.

By Lauren Finnegan, APG News

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