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Washington, D.C. – The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) today announced the 12 major U.S. universities that will host its 2016 academic boot camps for enlisted veterans. These programs, held during the summer, help facilitate enlisted veterans’ transition from the military to college.

Interested veterans and transitioning service members can apply until April 15, 2016; all students will receive responses by mid-April. WSP is a donor-funded program; courses are free of charge to all participants and include room and board. Participants are only responsible for travel expenses to and from the course.  Apply for a spot in the program by visiting the following link:

WSP originally launched at Yale University in 2012. After steady expansion from 2013-2015, WSP is planning to host more than 200 veterans at the following universities in 2016 (locations and dates remain subject to change):

  • University of Michigan: May 21 – May 29
  • Georgetown: May 28 – June 5
  • Yale: June 4 – June 19
  • UNC Chapel Hill: June 4 – June 12
  • Vassar: June 18 – June 26
  • Harvard: June 25 – July 3
  • Syracuse: July 9 – July 17
  • University of Oklahoma: July 16 – July 31
  • Cornell: July 23 – July 31
  • USC: July 23 – July 31
  • University of Arizona: August 5 – August 13
  • University of Chicago: August 13 – August 21

“Post-9/11 veterans have an immense degree of untapped potential to succeed in higher education institutions and to progress on to successful careers. Yet college can be a significant challenge, even when the GI Bill and other sources of funding are helping pay tuition. To tap that potential and reduce obstacles to success, our boot camps address veterans’ misperceptions about college and build their confidence through an intense academic reorientation,” said Sidney Ellington, Executive Director of WSP. “We are proud to return to every campus that hosted us in 2015, and to welcome the University of Arizona to the Warrior-Scholar Project family this year.”

WSP’s academic boot camps are immersive, intensive programs designed to help military veterans develop and rediscover the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete four-year undergraduate degrees. The academic boot camps are open to all enlisted veterans and transitioning service members who plan to pursue higher education.

Each WSP boot camp is run by a team of student veterans, and taught by university professors and graduate students. An intensive syllabus composed of both classic and modern scholarly works guides participants as they learn how to frame their ideas in an academic context, think critically, and formulate scholarly arguments. Participants not only learn the subject-matter material; they learn how to learn.

Because veterans are non-traditional students with unique experiences distinguishing them from their college peers, WSP also uses the boot camps to help prepare participants for the emotional and cultural adaptations required to succeed in a higher education setting.

The WSP application requests details from prospective students about their military experience, academic background and future academic plans, and requires them to answer three short response questions. In the application, veterans can indicate their top three host-school choices for Warrior-Scholar Project boot camps, and if accepted, are placed in the most appropriate program based on preference, geographic proximity and availability during program dates. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and students may be asked to complete an additional phone interview.

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Michael Smith

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