Special Forces Charitable Trust grants multiple scholarships to Special Forces Spouses every year. We received these essays, which outline the reason why we find these scholarships so important and meaningful, from SF Wives.
“This last year, our team family experienced a tragedy. A dear friend and fellow spouse lost her husband. Immediately following the news, our team wives did an incredible job in providing for the family. Fast-forward a few months, and the newly appointed Gold Star Wife is struggling to plan her future. She has mentioned that she wants to go back to school and obtain a degree. In doing so, she’ll be able to get a higher paying job when the need arises.
I make mention of this to bring attention to the following:
We, as military wives, are often putting our lives on hold. We carry the role of single parent more often than not, and it’s a struggle to manage the day-to-day chaos. However, I feel it’s important to provide a good example for our children, as well as ease the financial burden on our husband’s that work so tirelessly. I’m always encouraging spouses to further their education, which will, in turn, allow for better opportunities and higher paying jobs. For those that choose to work, a college education is a worthwhile investment. For those that would rather not work, a degree provides a sense of financial peace in the event they’re needed to return to work.
A few years ago, my husband taught me the importance of forward progression, and it’s something I will always carry with me. Daily, we need to make an effort to better ourselves in one way or another. No better way than continuing our education.” – 3rd SFG(A) Wife
“My husband is a warrior… and so am I. My husband provides essential financial support for our family… and so can I. My husband has worked his way into a successful and rewarding career… and so can I. With the generous Spousal Education Grant from the Special Forces Charitable Trust, I will be granted the ability to begin working toward personal goals without creating additional financial strain for my family.
Years before my life as a military spouse, I began my educational journey and earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors. Once I was married, my career took a back seat to my husband’s work. The sense of gratitude I have for our life as a military family is both virtuous and fulfilling, but I am ready to continue my own educational journey.
While supporting my husband and raising our children, I’ve never stopped looking for ways to better myself – both as a means to ease the financial burden of a one-income household and also to set an example to my young children to never stop learning and advancing. I am interested in an online certificate available through Cornell University that I can complete from home while still caring for my children and maintaining our household. The certificate will build on my credentials, help close the gap on my resume, and start me on my path back into the workforce.
I am looking forward to furthering my own education, broadening my knowledge base, and pursuing personal interests. Thank you for your consideration, your generosity, and all that you do for the Soldiers, Spouses, and Families of the Special Forces.” – 7th SFG(A) Wife