How We Began
Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was originally founded by Yale University classmates Chris Howell, Jesse Reising and Nick Rugoff. WSP’s mission is to ensure educational opportunities for American heroes. It envisions America as a nation in which those who have made great sacrifices on behalf of their fellow citizens have the greatest possible opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Our vision is to ensure that every degree-seeking enlisted veteran and transitioning service member succeeds in the transition to higher education and beyond.
Our mission is to empower enlisted veterans and service members and amplify their voices as civic leaders. We do this by providing them with 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 by offering sustained support throughout their pursuit of higher education and into the workforce. We strive to base all our programming on the values of education, equity, inclusion, diversity, and intersectionality.
What We Believe
At WSP, we believe that the diverse experiences of enlisted service members and veterans provide them with a unique skill set to be successful 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 veterans and enlisted service members. We know that veterans and enlisted service members are uniquely qualified to be successful in higher education. Military training and deployments are strenuous and demanding, and the 1% of the American population that choose to serve our nation return to their communities with important skills, attributes, and perspectives.
What We Do
At WSP, we strive to provide inclusive support and skill-bridge programming to ensure the success of veterans in higher education. We host immersive, one and two-week college-preparatory academic boot camps at 20 of America’s top universities and workshops for veterans enrolled in community college. Our programs introduce our participants to analytical reading, writing, and other academic and everyday skills crucial to success in higher education, and help them become informed consumers of higher education. Warrior-Scholar Project programming is offered at no cost to veterans and enlisted service members. During programming, Warrior-Scholars are mentored by highly successful student veterans who have transitioned from the military to college. Warrior-Scholars acquire the skills to succeed in higher education and navigate the cultural shift from active duty military service to academia. In addition to our bootcamps we offer community college day-long workshops that focus on many of the same skills. We also offer targeted programming for marginalized veterans, such as our Women’s Veterans Empowerment Dialogues.