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March 24, 2016                                                                 

Warrior-Scholar Project Awarded $200,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Grants will support dialogues among veterans about the experience of war during academic boot camps

Washington, D.C. – Preparing young enlisted veterans to enter a college classroom means preparing them not only with academic skills, but also the ability to engage with their civilian-student peers about the realities of war. Recognizing this, the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) $200,000 in two grants to bring perspective and context to the experience of war through discussions in its boot camps at twelve top-tier universities across the nation. The grants are part of the Standing Together Initiative’s Dialogues on the Experience of War grant program, a $1.5 million effort by the NEH to support discussion-based programs for veterans.

The Dialogues on the Experience of War grants will allow WSP to train and deploy teams of student-veterans who will lead literature discussions integrated into the WSP’s immersive summer academic boot camps for enlisted military veterans. Participating WSP students will discuss the intersection of war, democracy, the role of citizenship, and foreign policy.  Students will also learn to conceptualize war as an instrument of policy in a contemporary post-9/11 context, and gain an ability to discuss intellectually and in an academic environment what otherwise might be difficult topics to share with civilian peers.   

“We’re thankful to have been chosen for these two Dialogues of the Experience of War grants from the National Endowment for Humanities,” said Dr. Sidney Ellington, Executive Director of the Warrior-Scholar Project. “This award will allow us to continue supporting our nation’s enlisted veterans as they transition from the military to student life on campus.”

WSP’s academic boot camps, held during the summer each year at top-tier universities, help facilitate enlisted veterans’ transition from the military to college. They 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.

“Because veterans account for only 7 percent of our country’s population, there is a pressing need for community programs that bring veterans and non-veterans together in conversation,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “NEH’s Dialogues on the Experience of War grants will allow veterans and community members to explore together the experiences of war using humanities texts as the means of deeper understanding.”

To learn more about the Dialogues on the Experience of War grants and see the full list, visit
http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/dialogues-the-experience-war. To learn more about the Warrior-Scholar Project, or apply visit warrior-scholar.org.


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 National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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