In 1980, when eight special operations warriors lost their lives during a hostage rescue attempt in Iran, a promise was made to provide a college education to each of the surviving 17 children.
Today, the Foundation continues this solemn pledge to educate every child whose special operations parent loses their life in the line of duty.
We ensure full financial assistance for post-secondary scholarships for every child who loses a parent serving in Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special operations. We make sure each child has the resources to attend the best college for which he or she qualifies.
SOWF provides for, or identifies funding for, the full cost of public college education, including tuition, fees, room & board, books, tutoring, computer, printers and supplies.
Scholarships offered are grants, not loans, and can be used in private universities, state or community colleges, and vocational-technical training and career institutions.
The Foundation has a Family Services Team that provides academic counseling.
Each student in the Foundation’s program is unique, and so is his or her funding needs. Our Family Services Team works with each of our students closely to customize the program that meets their needs. We are currently supporting 143 surviving children in college. There are another 700 children who will require college funding in the future. And that number grows steadily as special ops warriors continue to sustain casualties in the line of duty.
Based on the Foundation’s last actuarial valuation report our future liabilities will require us to raise approximately $150 million to keep our solemn pledge to America’s Special Operators and their brave families.