TAPS College Experience

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Arlington, Virginia

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Surviving children and stepchildren who are rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors grieving the loss of a parent who served in the Armed Forces are warmly invited along with their guardians to attend our first ever TAPS College Experience.

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The TAPS College Experience is a 4-day college preparatory retreat in Washington D.C. where surviving children who are rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors along with their guardians will get the chance to meet with experts in the areas of higher education. They will learn important skills such as resumes, budgeting, dressing for success and networking as well as everything they need to know about the benefits available for college. We will also discuss applying for and selecting a college and all of the things you need to do to get into your dream school. We will be touring some of the prestigious D.C. area schools such as Georgetown University and the United States Naval Academy. On the last day, we will also do a tour of the United States Capitol and the children will have the opportunity to network, using the skills they have learned, at a reception hosted by the United States Congress, experts in a variety of fields and many of our partner organizations.

While the guardians and children will both be in attendance, they will have different programming in the morning and then come together for college tours and fun activities in the evenings. The children will do programming on SATs and admissions essays while they guardians will do sessions on family transitions.


Thanks to our generous donors, there is no fee for this event. Supplies and most meals will also be covered.


Airfare to the event and lodging will also be covered for all attendees selected to attend.


This is an application based event so children will be required to complete an application and write an essay. Spots are limited, and applications are available from March 26, 2018- April 26, 2018 with notifications of acceptance or waitlist going out May 10, 2018.

If you have any questions please contact Ashlynne Haycock at education@taps.org or 800-959-8277.  

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