College Planning

Who Qualifies?

College Planning

Every child who loses a parent in the line-of-duty while serving in Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Special Operations is ensured full financial assistance for post-secondary education at the school of the student’s choice.  Children of Special Operators who have been awarded the Medal of Honor are also eligible for programs and services offered by SOWF. 

We make sure each child has the resources to attend the best college for which he or she qualifies.

Our scholarships are grants, not loans, and can be used at four-year private and public schools,  and two-year community colleges, vocational-technical training, and career institutions.

By setting the expectation for higher education, and supporting each of our student’s goals individually, our scholarship recipients are much more likely to attend, and graduate college as compared to the national average.

What's Covered?


SOWF ensures the full cost of a college education including tuition, fees, room and board, books, a laptop computer package, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.

College Planning

Pre-college preparation including standardized test (ACT/SAT) preparation, reimbursement for up to three college application fees; admission fees, housing, and orientation deposits; and reimbursement for up to $3,000 for college campus visits so students can make an informed college choice.


Unlimited private tutoring to ensure college success

College Success Academy

Free enrollment into an online College Success Academy.  SOWF has partnered with the Gratitude Initiative (GI) to offer students, grades 8-12, with a comprehensive, step-by-step online college planning program.  This comprehensive program offers career assessments which help students determine a good fit for a college major and then ultimately select the right school that offers the major and curriculum that will help them achieve their career goals.  Additionally, the College Success Academy offers SAT/ACT test preparation.

College Planning Conference

Exclusive one-week college planning conference, called Operation EPIC, for all eligible students.  This conference enhances our students’ understanding of the complex college admissions process and how to write a college admissions essay.  Students stay at the dorm rooms at University of Tampa, learn about personal budgeting, and the importance of their personal brand.

What's Next?

Contact a Scholarship  & Family Outreach Counselor
at 813-805-9400 or send an email at

"During my time at Operation EPIC, I gained valuable knowledge. One of the amazing workshops I was able to sit in on taught me how to write a personal college essay. Without EPIC, I would not know what type of school I would want to go to or how to get in, and for that I will be forever grateful."
Ilena Paul
Rising Freshman
Emerson College
Studying Comedy Writing for film & television