United States Army Special Forces – the Green Berets – constitute our nation’s largest special operations force. Green Berets have been at the forefront of combat operations across the globe for decades. The families of these Green Berets have borne a heavy burden. They, too, serve this nation while their soldiers are deployed repeatedly into harm’s way. The Special Forces Scholarship Fund (SFSF) recognizes the service of Green Beret families by awarding them merit-based post-secondary educational scholarships. This is our mission. We invest in SF families. Scholarships change lives.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Daughter or son of a current or veteran United States Army Special Forces Soldier.
- Undergraduate students must not have reached 26 years of age by 15 October 2024.
- Graduate students must not have reached 28 years of age by 15 October 2024.
- Full-time student pursuing degree/certification completion at an accredited post-secondary institution.
- A high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college or post-secondary vocational/technical institute.
- For graduate school scholarships, currently enrolled as a college senior or obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and applied to an accredited graduate school program.
Both the applicant and their SF Soldier sponsor must read and complete the Statement of Certification at the bottom of the first page of the application. Only complete applications will be accepted. If the sponsor is deceased, deployed, or otherwise unable to complete the certification, include a statement of that fact in the application packet. You must include official documentation verifying the sponsor’s possession of an 18-series military occupational specialty (MOS) or service in a Special Forces Group for a cumulative period of not less than five years. Acceptable forms of documentation are the DD Form 214, ERB, or ORB. The children of non-18-series Soldiers who have served honorably in an active duty group for at least five years are eligible to compete. Documentation should be redacted to protect the SF Soldier’s Social Security Number.