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August 29, 2016                                                                 

WSP Executive Director Dr. Sidney Ellington Receives 2016 American Legion National Education Award

Dr. Ellington recognized for his contributions to veterans education and training programs

Cincinnati, OH – Warrior-Scholar Project Executive Director Dr. Sidney Ellington was honored with The American Legion’s National Education Award during the Legion’s National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 27.

The Legion’s National Education Award honors the person who has best promoted either the educational programs of The American Legion, any educational programs that correspond to Legion goals, or education goals at the national level.

Since its institution in 1980, honorees have included former first ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush, journalist Tom Brokaw, TV personality Fred “Mr. Fred” Rogers, the National Education Association, and Sesame Street Workshops.

Prior to joining the Warrior-Scholar Project, Ellington served as the first Director of Teach for America’s Military Veterans Outreach and Support Initiative. He is a retired Navy SEAL and former AmeriCorps member. 

“I am humbled and honored to receive The American Legion’s 2016 National Education Award. For the past several years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work at the intersection of veterans and education. Our nation’s veterans are leaders, they are problem solvers, they are highly adaptable, and they have experience making decisions under stressful situations. In short, our veterans are civic assets,” said Ellington.

“While with Teach For America, I saw numerous veterans employing the skills they had honed through military service while working to make a difference in the lives of students in our nation’s most underserved schools,” he said. “As a part of the Warrior-Scholar Project, I see the passion with which enlisted veterans work through our academic boot camps, I see them apply for and get accepted into top tier schools, and I know that each of them is going to become a civic leader for tomorrow’s generation.”  

Ellington received the award from Richard Anderson, Chairman of the Legion’s Americanism Commission, and Mike Bredeck, Chairman of the Americanism Commission’s Committee on Youth Education.

“The American Legion selected Dr. Sidney Ellington to receive the National Education Award because we are looking for people who strengthen the connection between veterans and the education system,” said Bredeck. “Since retiring from the Navy, Ellington has helped veterans become educators through Teach For America and be successful students through the Warrior-Scholar Project. Veterans have a global experience, an experience that is of great value when they become teachers and students. Ellington's dedication to our newest generation of veterans is exemplary, and connecting our veterans to good programs is of great value in our society. We can find no better person than Sid Ellington to be the recipient of this award.”

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. 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.

WSP launched its first program at Yale University in 2012 with nine participants. Since then, WSP has expanded to encompass 12 top schools, including the University of Arizona and is on track to host more than 230 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, the University of Southern California and Columbia University.

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.

WSP funders and private donors cover the entire cost of the program for participants, excluding travel.

To learn more about the program, visit http://www.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 American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.2 million members in more than 13,000 posts in communities across in America. The Legion, established by an act of Congress in 1919, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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