The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation (DSF) was established in 1960 with the first scholarship of $350 awarded to John L. Haines, in June 1961. Funds were raised primarily through the tireless efforts of submarine officersʼ wivesʼ organizations throughout the United States. As the cost of college education continued to skyrocket, so did the need for the Foundation to assist children of the Submariners. Today the DSF receives individual, corporate, memorial, and Combined Federal Campaign donations, as well as continued strong support from the submarine community and spouse organizations. Donations go directly to support the scholarships; income from the DSF investments supplement these contributions for scholarships and operating expenses. The DSF currently awards 117 annual scholarships in varied amounts up to $3,400 to each Dolphin Scholar. Each recipient may potentially receive a total of $13,600 for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. The DSF is proud to have awarded over $8,000,000 to over 1,000 college-bound students. The DSF grants are available, on a competitive basis, to high school or college aged children/stepchildren of members or former members of the Submarine Force who have qualified in submarines and have served in the Submarine Force for at least eight years; or of Navy members who have served in submarine support activities (e.g. submarine bases, tenders, and rescue vessels) for a minimum of ten years.
SOSA-WA Submarine Officersʼ Spousesʼ Association (SOSA-WA) is a nonprofit social organization as defined by IRS Code 501(c) (4) whose primary purpose is fundraising for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and local charities. SOSA-WA is dedicated to providing morale, friendship and community service to Submarine Officersʼ Spousesʼ in Washington State. Its goal is to promote social and cultural activities for its members and charitable activities that give back to its local area and the submarine community at large. SOSA-WA is a by your own, for your own, non-federal entity. SOSCA, the charitable branch of SOSA-WA, helps plan the annual Silver & Gold Charity Auction each spring, which benefits the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and several local charities.