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July 14, 2016                                                                 

Warrior-Scholar Project Receives Generous Grant from Bob Woodruff Foundation

Grant will underwrite cost of launching additional academic boot camps for enlisted veterans at U.S. universities

Washington D.C. The Warrior-Scholar Project has received a significant grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to help spread WSP's academic boot camp program for enlisted veterans to additional U.S. higher education institutions in 2017.

The Warrior-Scholar Project coordinates immersive academic preparation courses for enlisted military veterans of any skill level at America’s top universities. The program is designed to help military veterans develop and rediscover the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete four-year undergraduate degrees.

“Receiving a grant from BWF is an honor that recognizes the dedication, focus and effectiveness of our staff and supporters,” said Sidney Ellington, PhD, Warrior-Scholar Project executive director. “With the backing of BWF, we will be able to expand in 2017, increasing our ability to help hundreds of America’s enlisted veterans prepare for educational success as they return to college settings after years or even decades of service to their country.”

WSP launched its first program at Yale University in 2012 with nine participants. Since then, WSP has expanded to encompass 12 top schools and is on track to host more than 200 veterans at boot camps across the country in 2016. WSP graduates have gone on to enroll at top schools including Yale University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern Carolina.

“We are proud to be able to invest in the evolution and growth of the Warrior-Scholar Project, which has already made a difference in the lives of hundreds of enlisted veterans, said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “WSP’s academic boot camps just make sense. Though veterans receive generous financial support through the GI Bill, they are often unprepared to reenter the academic arena. Increasing access to WSP’s programs will enable more veterans to tackle college with confidence as they move on to new chapters in their lives.”

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.

BWF works to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. The team at BWF navigates the maze of over 46,000 nonprofit organizations to find and fund innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families and caregivers live and work.

“Nearly two-thirds of our alumni report having a service-connected disability, which aligns us closely with the BWF mission to support injured veterans. Receiving a grant from BWF is an honor that recognizes the dedication, focus and effectiveness of our staff, volunteers and supporters,” said Ellington. “We look forward to joining the Bob Woodruff Foundation grantee network, a collaboration of top‐tier programs and advocates working to help our heroes on the homefront.”

About the Warrior-Scholar Project

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) runs immersive academic boot camps hosted at America’s top universities for enlisted military veterans. The majority of enlisted personnel exiting the military have not been in a classroom setting for several years, and find it hard to transition, being unprepared for the fundamentally different social and cultural environment. WSP helps veterans rediscover and develop the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete 4-year undergraduate programs in higher education. WSP unlocks their educational potential and transforms the way veterans view themselves as students. For more information, visit http://www.warrior-scholar.org, email info@warrior-scholar.org or call 202-625-4313.

About the Bob Woodruff Foundation

The Bob Woodruff Foundation is the nonprofit dedicated to ensuring injured service members, veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government —diligently navigating the maze of more than 46,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, we have invested more than $30 million in innovative programs, reaching more than 2 million service members, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, after their own experiences inspired them to help make sure our nation’s heroes have access to the highest level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it.


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