Educating the children of our fallen heroes since 1980


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 their 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.

College Scholarships

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 ensures the full cost of a college education including tuition, fees, room and board, books, tutoring, computer, printer, supplies, transportation, college visits, and ACT/SAT preparation.

Our scholarships are grants, not loans, and can be used for private universities, state or community colleges, vocational-technical training, and career institutions.

The Need


High school, Elementary & Pre-School


Students in College


College Graduates

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 157 surviving children in college. There are another 677 children who will require college funding in the future. That number grows steadily as special operations warriors continue to sustain casualties in the line of duty.