Programs FAQs

Academic Boot Camp FAQs

How do I apply?

Start by completing the interest and eligibility form here.

Who is eligible to apply for a WSP academic boot camp?

If you are an enlisted U.S. veteran or have served at least one year on active duty, in the reserves, or National Guard in the U.S. Armed Forces and do not have a bachelor’s degree, we encourage you to apply to WSP! Please contact admissions@warrior-scholar.org if you have questions about eligibility.

Why do you collect demographic information in your application?

This information is necessary for our internal reporting purposes, and is used to apply for funding for our programs.

I already have my bachelor’s degree and would like to pursue another degree. Can I participate in WSP?

Applicants with bachelor’s degrees may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact admissions@warrior-scholar.org.

When are your next academic boot camps?

You can find the dates and locations of all WSP academic boot camps here.

Will academic boot camps occur on-site or virtually?

We anticipate that most academic boot camps will be in person. We will regularly update our website and notify applicants of any changes to our summer programs.

What is your admissions timeline?

WSP reviews fully completed applications in the order they are received. Course placements continue until all spots are filled. If you have questions about your submitted application, please contact admissions@warrior-scholar.org.

How am I placed in an academic boot camp?

After you complete the interest form, a member of our admissions team will reach out to you with the next steps in the process.

Can I receive college credits for attending WSP?

You do not receive college credits for attending one of our academic boot camps.

Is there a cost for these boot camps?

Thanks to support from our generous donors and college and university partners, boot camps are offered at no cost, including all programmatic and lodging expenses. Participants are responsible only for covering the cost of their own travel to and from on-campus boot camp sites.

Can I attend WSP on PTAD/PTDY?

This is at the discretion of your chain of command. Past active-duty participants have been granted PTAD/PTDY to attend WSP, and we are happy to assist in this process.

Are all of the academic boot camps the same?

There will be slight differences in the overall experience since each school has unique offerings and experiences. However, within each content area (i.e. Humanities, STEM, Business/Entrepreneurship), courses are mostly the same. For example, a humanities’ week covers the same skills and content regardless of the college or university.

I participated in a virtual course. Am I eligible to reapply for an on-site course?

Everyone who participates in a virtual course is given preference for the next available on-site course.

What is the time commitment for this program?

This is an immersive academic boot camp that will require you to dedicate a full one to two weeks of your time (depending on which boot camp you are placed in). We do not advise that participants continue to work their full-time jobs during an academic boot camp.

Can I participate in a boot camp while I’m deployed?

This may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Please contact admissions@warrior-scholar.org.

Are spouses and dependents eligible for WSP?

No. We only serve enlisted veterans and transitioning service members at this time.

On-Site Academic Boot Camps FAQs

Do I have to pay for travel?

Yes. WSP and the host campus make a significant financial investment in each student by covering all costs of the boot camp with the exception of travel. We ask that each student invest in themselves and cover travel to the boot camp. If you are selected to attend and travel costs are a concern, you can ask for geographic proximity to be considered in placement, or we can refer you to one of our virtual boot camps, where travel is not a factor. Contact admissions@warrior-scholar.org to discuss any travel concerns.

Do I have to pay for housing and meals on campus?

No. Participants are housed in dorms, and meals in campus dining facilities are provided free of charge to participants.

If I come to an academic boot camp, do I have to stay on campus?

Yes. Our academic boot camps are designed to be an immersive college experience.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please contact admissions@warrior-scholar.org.

Graduate School Support (DDSS) FAQs

When can I apply?

Applications are open from September 1 – October 15 each year

Who is eligible?

All WSP boot camp alums are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree or are in their junior or senior year of an undergraduate program

When will I know if I've been accepted?

All applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of October

What is the time commitment?

All DDSS participants must complete four 20-hour “mini-courses” monthly from December to March. Participants are also strongly encouraged to meet with DDSS consultants 1:1 between mini-courses

What happens at the end of the program?

Participants who are still in the graduate school application process at the end of the program will remain in the program until they reach their goals. Once participants have been accepted to, are attending graduate school, or have changed plans, they are considered program alums but can continue to receive support on an as-needed basis

College Success Workshops FAQs

What are College Success Workshops?

These one-day workshops, offered in both in-person and online formats, are designed for veterans enrolled in community college or thinking about attending college, but are also helpful for any veteran who would like to brush up on academic and study skills. You do not need to be enrolled in community college to participate.

Who are the workshops for?

These workshops are designed to help enlisted veterans and transitioning service members learn the skills they need to succeed in college. The workshops are taught by veterans who understand the unique challenges and needs that veterans have when transitioning from military service to higher education.

When are the next workshops?

We hold College Success Workshops monthly during the spring and fall semesters. You can find the latest list of workshops here.

What can I expect from the virtual workshop experience?

Online workshops are held over Zoom in the meeting format so that everyone can interact with each other. A one-hour lunch break is built into the schedule. We cover efficient approaches to learning skills that students need to succeed in college, such as reading strategies (what we call Analytical Reading), and skills like note-taking, time management, and effective study habits. The session ends with a Q&A panel with highly-successful WSP alumni who have attended community college and are now currently enrolled in or have graduated from four-year universities.​

What time zone will the virtual workshops run in?

Our virtual workshops operate in the US Eastern Standard Time (EST). They typically run from 1 – 4 p.m. EST. Simply adjust for the time difference for your time zone. For example, our 1 p.m. workshop starts at 10 a.m. PST, so that’s when you need to show up if you would like to attend from the PST time zone.

Prospective Host Institutions for Academic Boot Camps FAQs

Are there criteria for becoming a college or university partner?

Yes and no. We partner with campuses dedicated to serving transitioning enlisted service members and veterans in the different stages of the higher education journey. How campuses support students can vary, which is why we partner with a spectrum of campuses to expose veterans to varying services and resources dedicated to supporting the transition process throughout the U.S.

Who do I contact if my institution is interested in becoming a partner?

Inquiries to partner or collaborate with WSP can be directed to info@warrior-scholar.org.

Prospective Host Institutions for College Success Workshops FAQs

Are there criteria for becoming a college or university partner?

Yes and no. We partner with campuses dedicated to serving transitioning enlisted service members and veterans in the different stages of the higher education journey. How campuses support students can vary, which is why we partner with a spectrum of campuses to expose veterans to varying services and resources dedicated to supporting the transition process throughout the U.S.

Who do I contact if my institution is interested in becoming a partner?

Inquiries to partner or collaborate with WSP can be directed to info@warrior-scholar.org.

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