Our Organization


Our Mission

Our mission is to empower enlisted veterans and service members and amplify their voices as civic leaders by providing them with (1) a skill bridge that enables a successful transition to the classroom by making them informed consumers of higher education and increasing their confidence to apply to and complete rigorous degree programs at top-tier institutions, and (2) sustained support throughout their pursuit of higher education and into the workforce.

How We Began

Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 2011 by Yale University classmates Chris Howell, Jesse Reising, and Nick Rugoff.

Our Vision

Our vision is to ensure that every degree-seeking enlisted veteran and transitioning service member succeeds in the transition to higher education and beyond.

What We Do

In partnership with top colleges and universities, Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) hosts intensive, one and two-week college-preparatory academic boot camps for enlisted veterans and transitioning service members. Boot camps are offered in three disciplines: Humanities, STEM, and Business & Entrepreneurship.


Through faculty lectures, workshops and research projects, tailored assignments, and one-on-one tutoring, warrior-scholars acquire the skills to succeed in higher education and navigate the cultural shift from military service to college. Throughout the course, warrior-scholars are mentored by student veterans who have successfully transitioned from the military to college.


WSP also offers workshops tailored to address the unique needs of veterans enrolled in community colleges and targeted programming for marginalized veterans, such as our Women Veterans Empowerment Dialogues. All programming is provided at no cost.

To learn more about the services we’ll offer in the coming years, you can read our strategic plan overview.


What We Believe

At WSP, we strive to provide inclusive support and skill bridge programming to ensure the success of veterans in higher education. We believe that the diverse experiences of enlisted service members and veterans provide them with unique skills that can propel them to success in higher education and beyond. We believe that all veterans should have access to higher education and we are committed to working to address the educational gap that exists for minority service members and veterans.