With application deadlines, admission tests, school selection, and focus of study decisions, the college planning process can be daunting. Special Operations Warrior Foundation helps with resources to plan, organize, and navigate the college planning process. For eligible students, SOWF covers 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 of up to $3,000 for college campus visits so students can make an informed college choice.
“I would encourage students to enjoy the college search process as much as possible. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to be able to tour and talk to different people at all of these different high-level institutions. Take a step back and let yourself realize how cool of an opportunity it actually is.” —Mark Wilson, son of Navy SEAL Lt. Mark R. Wilson, who lost his life in 1995. Through a scholarship from Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Mark graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.
College Success Academy
Special Operations Warrior Foundation has partnered with Gratitude Initiative (GI) to offer students, grades 8-12, with a comprehensive, step-by-step online college planning program. Eligible students receive free enrollment into an online College Success Academy. 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.
“Thank you SOWF, for offering Gratitude Initiative’s College Success Academy. I didn’t initially take advantage of the help that the College Success Academy was offering, but once I finally gave it a chance, I realized that I underestimated how much the program could help me.” Madison Carter is the daughter of Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan.
College Planning Conference
In collaboration with The University of Tampa, Special Operations Warrior Foundation hosts an exclusive five-day immersive college planning conference called Operation EPIC (Educational Planning Informational Conference) for high school students. EPIC enables eligible students to prepare, preview, and participate in what college life will be. The conference provides students with a greater understanding of the college admissions process, including how to write an effective college admissions essay. Students stay at the dorm rooms at The University of Tampa, and unanimously agree that the time spent at the conference was a great experience and FUN!
Operation EPIC attendees in Tampa, Florida. 100% of participants reported a significantly improved confidence level in knowing what it takes to get into the school of their choice. There is no cost to attend for eligible students; all conference fees, travel, lodging, and meals are provided by SOWF. EPIC students are paired with successful SOWF college graduates who mentor and coach the students. Topics of the conference include Personal Branding, College Campus Tours, Goal Setting, Knowing Your Strengths, Understanding Types of Schools, and Preparing For and Living on a Budget.