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Education benefits for Special Forces Spouses

A college education can make all the difference to a family’s financial stability. In fact, the U.S. Census’ most recent data indicate that a woman with a bachelor’s degree in this country earns, on average, nearly 85 percent more than what a woman with a high school diploma earned in 2017: $53,804 per year vs. $29,158 per year. It’s also the case that our economy has changed dramatically in recent decades, and now requires a higher level of education for most jobs. In the 1970s, 72 percent of jobs required no more than a high school education. Now, only 34 percent of the economy’s jobs require no more than a high school diploma.

These are some of the reasons we at Special Forces Charitable Trust make education a centerpiece of what we do for Special Forces Families! Chief among our initiatives is the Spousal Education Grant. Here’s how it works:

Eligibility: Spouses of active duty Special Forces Soldiers are eligible to apply for a grant to an accredited college, university, trade or vocational school. The grant is $1,000, and spouses may apply for a second grant provided it’s for a different semester. A second application and essay will be required.

Application: Spouses can obtain an application by downloading the application. Completed applications, along with an essay (detailed below), should be submitted to us electronically at Please put Spousal Education Grant in the subject line. If electronic transmission is not available, applications can be faxed to 860-581-8791 or mailed to Special Forces Charitable Trust, P. O. Box 53, Essex, CT 06426.

Essay: The application essay should set forth the applicant’s educational plans and planned use of the grant, and answer the question of why we should grant the support. The essay should be no more than one page long, 12-point type, on 8.5×11-inch paper, double spaced and with 1-inch margins. The name of the applicant must be in the essay’s header.

If you are the Spouse of a Special Forces Soldier or if you know one, please share this amazing program we offer our Families. And if you are a donor, please know that we respect your willingness to help Special Forces Families have the very best chance of thriving in today’s economy.

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