Warrior Scholar Project
Academic Boot Camps and Community College Outreach Initiative
Veterans emerge from the military as highly adaptable team-leaders with technical skills, and problem-solving capabilities accustomed to making decisions under stressful conditions. The right educational supports and access to top-tier universities, can help ensure they become the next generation of civic and business leaders. However, one-third of veterans are first-generation college students who lack the confidence and savvy to navigate higher education with informed choices. Instead, approximately 40 percent of GI Bill tuition payments go to for-profit institutions, and the top eight recipients of GI Bill taxpayer dollars are for-profit colleges. WSP introduces veterans to esteemed higher-level academics, ensures they are informed academic consumers, and provides them with academic skills critical for confidence and success. In 2019, WSP academic boot camps will inform veterans at eighteen universities across the country, and also expand the Community College Outreach Initiative (CCOI) from a pilot to seven community colleges in 2019 and early 2020. This BWF grant will support academic tutors and mentors during the boot camps, and support seven CCOI events.