Each Warrior-Scholar Project course is a one to two weeklong intensive academic experience designed to prepare veterans for the transition from the military to college. At the Warrior-Scholar Project, you can expect:
Mentorship from fellow enlisted veterans who have successfully made the transition from the military to college
Seminar discussions with world-renowned professors
Intensive writing workshops with university writing instructors
One-on-one sessions with tutors focused on essay writing
Discussions with fellow student veterans regarding the challenges faced by non-traditional students
Skill building classes on note taking, time management, and study skills
Advice on the college admissions process
Continued academic support from the Warrior-Scholar Project network even after your course ends
The Warrior-Scholar Project consists of a humanities-based curriculum focused mainly on the themes of democracy and liberty. Students receive readings and course materials upon arrival at the program. During the course, Warrior-Scholars will learn how to read complex texts actively rather than passively through analytic reading techniques we call "Ninja Reading." These techniques are particularly helpful for students who find they need to read passages multiple times in order to retain and extract information as well as those students who are concerned about keeping up with a large amount of college reading assignments. Warrior-Scholars will also learn how to structure critical arguments for college-level essays.
In 2015, WSP began the expansion of its classic one-week, liberal arts/humanities course, to a two-week course with the second week of instruction focused on STEM curriculum. During this two-week course, the first week of instruction still focuses on liberal arts curriculum. The second week shifts to STEM curriculum and focuses on the foundational concepts of physics (including two-dimensional motion and Newtonian gravity), which are generally taught in introductory college physics and essential for success in all STEM majors. WSP’s STEM curriculum was developed by one of our Academic Advisory Board Members, Dr. Marla Geha. Dr. Geha is an Astrophysicist and a current Professor at Yale University. During STEM week, our participants attend lectures led by university STEM professors, gain hands-on experience in afternoon labs, and conduct group research projects. The goal of WSP’s STEM course is to help you develop key fundamental mathematical and scientific reasoning skills, which are imperative for success when pursuing a STEM major in college.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Are the courses free?
- Yes. The Warrior-Scholar Project is a nonprofit organization fully funded through donations. We provide free room and board on campus at each of our courses as well as books and course materials. The only costs to you are your travel expenses to and from the course.
I'm currently on Active Duty, can I still apply?
- Yes. If you are an enlisted military service member on active duty, in the reserves, or already separated you can apply for WSP. To qualify, you must have an actionable plan to attend college in the near future.
I already started school, can I still apply?
- Yes. As long as you have not already completed a Bachelor's degree, you can still apply for the WSP. However, please keep in mind, the WSP is designed for veterans who are at the beginning stages of their transition to college.
I want to attend the course at Harvard, but I don't think I'm going to apply there. Can I still come the course?
- Yes. We encourage our Warrior-Scholars to come to the courses for the overall experience and to take the skills they learn at WSP to the college that is best for them. If you want to apply to one of our host institutions, great! However, you are certainly not required or expected to do so.
Are all of the courses the same?
- For the most part, yes. All WSP courses focus on the same curriculum. Students will learn the same core skills, no matter which course they attend. There will be slight differences in the overall experience from campus to campus, since each school has something unique to offer.
If I come to a course, do I have to stay on campus in the WSP provided housing?
- Yes. Our courses are designed to be an immersive experience. Since the course schedule is very full, it is easiest for all students to stay on campus.
In order to be considered for the Warrior-Scholar Project, you must complete an online application. Click on the "Apply Here" button below and create a log in and password to gain access to the application portal. You may save your application and return to it later if needed.
Our 2017 courses are complete at this time. Our next courses will run from May through August in 2018. The 2018 application is open now. We recommend submitting your application early, as all participants are selected on a first come, first serve basis until the courses are filled.
WSP will review applications in the order they were received. We expect our 2018 course dates and locations to be confirmed in January. If you submit an application before January, you will receive a notification from WSP as soon as the 2018 dates and locations are confirmed. You will be asked to submit updated course preferences at that time.
WSP will begin accepting students into the 2018 program in January.
Course Placements begin in January. Placement on your preferred course location is not guaranteed. Course Placements will continue from January until April (or until all spots are filled).