Help us reach our goal of raising $75,000 for scholarships in 2021. In 2017, our very first scholarship year, we awarded $52,000 supporting 26 students. In 2018 we awarded $52,000 supporting 23 students. In 2019 we awarded $60,500 supporting 25 students.
WHO WE SERVE
Through scholarships, emergency relief finds, and family maintenance/resilience support, Vigilant Torch serves both Active and Former Unit members of the Special Operations community, as well as their dependents.
All Active Duty Unit Members and their immediate families and grandchildren, including the families of such personnel who die in combat, training, or line of duty; or are Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).
All Reserve and National Guard personnel assigned to the Unit and their immediate families and grandchildren, including the families of such personnel who die in combat, training, or line of duty; or are POW or MIA. Reserve and National Guard personnel (further referred to in this policy as AUM) must participate in drill, active duty, or deployments to be eligible and must be members of the VIGILANT TORCH ASSOCIATION (VTA).
All Former Unit Members and their immediate families and grandchildren. Eligibility is maintained despite the death of the FUM. To be eligible, FUM must be a current member of the VTA, or if deceased, a member of the VTA at the time of death.
HOW WE HELP
“Upon receiving the TORCH Scholarship last year, I was able to pay off my initial deposit, computer, and some of my uniforms. Instead of adding any financial stress to my plate, I was able to focus on academics and rugby, which made for a more well-balanced lifestyle. This year, I will use the TORCH Scholarship to pay for my books for both semesters, seeing as I am taking 23.5 credits first semester and 22 second semester. Additionally, this year’s TORCH Scholarship will help pay for airfare for me to fly back home to Montana at Christmas and for the beginning of summer.”
“As for the future, I am attending Brigham Young University (BYU) in the fall, in the Pre-Animation major until I have taken the requisite classes for the Animation major. This is one of the reasons I am applying for the TORCH scholarship; BYU may not have the highest tuition, but it still is quite expensive to attend college. I wish to pay as much of that money as I can while I am attending, rather than leaving myself with large amounts of debt, and the more scholarships I receive, the more time I will have during the year to devote to my studies and any extracurricular activities, rather than working all the time.”
“I am majoring in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Integrated Behavioral Health at Argosy University in Northern Virginia. I am applying for the Vigilant Torch Scholarship to help finance my education and obtain my goal of working for a military hospital or Veterans Affairs medical center as a Clinical Psychologist. The program is very rigorous and does not afford time to work part-time. I will work two days per week for my practicum as well as attend class two days per week. I also plan to work as a teaching assistant approximately 10 hours per week. I am currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, I volunteer and I am a mother of two children.”