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External Scholarship Opportunities

Vigilant Torch has the honor of referring qualified candidates to multiple scholarships each year through the Special Operations Fund (SOFund).  As these opportunities become available, we inform our members as well as prior scholarship applicants about the particular programs and their deadlines.  We then collect applications and select our candidate to send forward to SOFund.  SOFund then chooses a recipient from candidates provided by Vigilant Torch and other partner organizations.

Not a member of Vigilant Torch?  Apply today to become eligible to apply for our TORCH Scholarship and SOFund scholarships.

Current SOFund Opportunities


The Special Operations Fund (SOFund) is offering Vocational, Technical, and Community College (VOTECH) Scholarships. These scholarships may be applied for in addition to VTF's TORCH Scholarship.


SOFund VOTECH Scholarships are $3,000 annually, limited to 2 years, and to be used for VOTECH studies.  The VOTECH program selected can be either a career/technical school that results in a professional license (HVAC, welding, plumbing, metalworking, electrician, landscaping, beautician, culinary, aesthetician, auto mechanic, gunsmithing, commercial driver’s license, court reporting, bookkeeping, veterinarian technician, dental technician, computer sciences, paramedic/EMT, etc.) or a community college course of study or program which results in a degree or license (A.A., A.S., LPN, etc.).  Selection is based on employment experience/volunteer service, demonstrated leadership, academic achievement (minimum 2.5 GPA), career interest, written goals, and recommendations.


Applications are due no later than 11:59pm EST on June 6.  Please send all completed applications to


Note: Those awarded VOTECH Scholarships last year do not need to reapply for year two.

2024 VOTECH Guide and Timeline

2024 VOTECH Application

OUR FAMILY. OUR MISSION. We provide support to active and former members of our select Special Operations community who may or may not be fully served by other military support organizations. To do this, we provide mental health support, emergency relief funds, family maintenance and resilience assistance, and scholarships.

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Vigilant Torch Association

440 Monticello Ave, Ste 1802

PMB 45797

Norfolk VA 23510-2670