The University of Arizona and Veterans Education and Transition Services are proud to announce the partnership with The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) that happened on June 11th – June 24th 2017. The WSP is an academic boot camp program aimed at current enlisted or separated military members who are ready to begin their academic career in higher education. Enlisted veterans often entered the military directly from high school, resulting in a long absence from the classroom upon their transition out. This has caused many veterans to feel discouraged and lack the confidence necessary for success in academia. To unlock the immense potential to succeed in higher education that veterans have, WSP addresses veterans' misperceptions about college and builds their confidence through an intense academic reorientation.
The WSP started in 2012 at Yale University and this summer 12 universities across the country will host veterans. Members selected are only responsible for travel to UA, the WSP program is provided free of charge including housing and food.
Each WSP boot camp is run by a team of student veterans, and taught by university professors and graduate students with support from tutoring and writing services. 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.
Interested veterans and transitioning service members can apply until May 1, 2017; all students will receive responses by mid-April. The WSP application requests details from prospective students about their military experience, academic background and future academic plans, and requires them to answer three short response questions. In the application, veterans can indicate their top three host-school choices for Warrior-Scholar Project boot camps, and if accepted, are placed in the most appropriate program based on preference, geographic proximity and availability during program dates. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and students may be asked to complete an additional phone interview.