The mission of Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation is to assist severely wounded and injured, post-9/11 veterans in their efforts to become productive and self-sufficient members of their communities as they transition back into civilian life.

Program Overview

Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (SOF) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that serves Veterans who have been severely wounded and injured* in a post-9/11, service related event by helping them transition into civilian life while they attend college or vocational school. Our program has two areas of focus: Sentinel Scholarships and Student Veteran Resource Centers. A Sentinel Scholarship is a 2-4 year commitment that is uniquely tailored to the specific needs of the scholarship recipient. Through our scholarships, these Veterans have access to financial assistance through housing subsidies, financial coaching and planning, a mentoring program, networking opportunities, and employment assistance. Our Student Veteran Resource Centers (SVRC) are on-campus centers at institutions of higher learning that meet the specific needs of student Veterans. These centers provide a physical safe space, study areas, connections to available Veteran’s resources, and a place to connect with the Veteran community through common areas, events, and community service.

(*defined as 50% or greater VA disability rating, service-related events include combat-related injuries, training accidents, and non-physical injuries)

Program Roots

The father of three Army Rangers, Mike Conklin was inspired to reach out to severely injured Veterans after one of his sons was wounded in Iraq in 2003.

Impressed by the level of care his son received in military hospitals, he was compelled to do something tangible to support US troops. Mike created the nonprofit Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation to assist Veterans with severe service-related injuries who have the aptitude, attitude, and drive to become independent and successful members of society. Scholarship recipients are called “Sentinels” in honor of their sacrifice and commitment to guarding America’s freedoms.

Now, more than 10 years after that first warm ‘welcome home’, more than 100 Sentinels have graduated from the SOF Scholarship Program. Sentinels of Freedom is committed to helping communities across the United States support as many of these men and women as possible. One Sentinel, one victory at a time.

For more information about our Sentinel Scholarships,

please contact our Program Director Samantha Chapman



For more information about our Student Veteran Resource Centers,

please contact our Director of Operations Annie Fasanaro


or by calling 925-380-6342 ext. 305.

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