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 WHAT IS SENTINELS OF FREEDOM?

This nationwide organization identifies, mentors, and financially assists post-9/11veterans with severe service-related wounds or injuries as they transition to civilian life and pursue higher education. Scholarship recipients are called “Sentinels” in honor of their sacrifice and commitment to guarding America’s freedoms. You can learn more about our organization and our scholarships by visiting us at www.sentinelsoffreedom.org


WHAT IS A SENTINELS OF FREEDOM SCHOLARSHIP?

A 2-4 year Sentinels of Freedom scholarship focuses support in the following areas:
 
EDUCATION
Veterans in our program are required to continue their formal education in line with their capabilities and goals. GPA requirement of 2.0 is required. Educational institute must be through a VA approved school
 
HOUSING
We may provide a nominal housing subsidy for up to 2 years paid directly to the housing provider to relieve financial stress and allow our Sentinels to focus their attentions on furthering their education
 
MENTORING
We facilitate the identification of potential mentors and introductions to individuals who can assist in professional planning, personal and career development throughout the scholarship term and as alumni
 
EMPLOYMENT
Depending on the Sentinel’s physical health and capability, we work with each veteran to help secure appropriate training and employment opportunities

CAREER & NETWORKING ASSISTANCE
During the scholarship term and as alumni the Sentinels are presented with various networking opportunities to further their career path and can be introduced to prospective employers

FINANCIAL PLANNING
Free financial planners are available to each sentinel, this can be by request or it may be required by SOF due to financial circumstances of the individual. The planners will help the Sentinel to establish basic budgeting skills and how to build up their financial worth 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Member of any branch of the armed forces, active, guard or reserves who has been wounded or injured, in a service connected event post- 9/11; this includes combat related, training accidents and non-physical injuries
  • Received a permanent VA disability rating of 50% or higher as listed on their VA Rating Statement
  • Have received or will be receiving an honorable discharge
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time post-secondary education or vocational school. Must be a VA approved school (SOF can be flexible on the full-time requirement in certain circumstances, depending on the level of injury and ability to maintain full-time education)
  • Highly motivated individuals with the drive to reach personal, educational and career goals
  • Must be willing to actively engage with mentor and networking opportunities provided by SOF


 APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications are accepted at any time but there are two primary admission deadlines: June 1st for the Fall semester; November 1st for the Spring semester.

Complete the online application package which Includes:

  • Authorization for Disclosure
  • Request for Information Packet- Personal & Military information, including housing, education, and injury information
  • Personal Statement outlining education, career, and personal goals 
  • Financial Worksheet
  • Photograph and Video release & 2 Photos
  • DD 214 (Only Member 4 Form will be accepted)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • College transcripts, if applicable
  • VA Rating Statement
  • Background/ Credit Report

Once your completed application is submitted SOF will schedule a phone interview.  

WHAT IS A SENTINELS OF FREEDOM MERIT BASED GRANT?

A one-time monetary award of $1,000 to be used for educational purposes, such as books, computers, tutoring expenses, etc.
A general assistance grant focuses on support in the following areas:
 
FINANCIAL PLANNING 
We may facilitate the free financial coaching; the coach will help establish basic financial goals and steps to meet them by request
 
MENTORING & NETWORKING ASSISTANCE
We may facilitate the identification of potential mentors who can assist in professional planning, and personal and career development and Sentinels can be presented with various networking opportunities to further their career path by request 

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE                                                                                                              Employment or resume assistance may also be available by request

ELIGIBILITY

  • Veteran of any branch of the armed forces, active, guard or reserves who has been wounded or injured, in a service connected event post- 9/11; this includes combat related, training accidents and non-physical injuries                                                                                                              
  • Received a permanent VA disability rating of 30% or higher as listed on their VA Rating Statement
  • Have received an honorable discharge
  • Must be enrolled in full-time post-secondary education or vocational school (Must be a VA approved school)
  • Have completed at least two years of higher education with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Highly motivated to reach personal, educational and career goals
  • Must be willing to actively engage with Sentinels of Freedom
 
APPLICATION PROCESS 
 Applications are accepted at any time, but there are two primary admission deadlines: April 1st and September 1st
   
Complete the online application package which Includes:
  • Authorization for Disclosure
  • Personal Statement outlining education, career and personal goals and what the grant assistance will be used for and how it will help further your goals (300-500 words)
  • Photo and Video Release
  • Two Photographs
  • DD 214 (Only Member 4 Form will be accepted)
  • VA Rating Statement
  • Transcripts for the last two years
  • Letter of Recommendation

*If you are already receiving a full SOF Scholarship you are not eligible for this program