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.
As a dynamic national non-profit, we empower enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom, maximizes their education opportunities by making them informed consumers of education, and increases the confidence they will need to successfully complete a rigorous four-year undergraduate program at a top-tier school.
What We Believe
At WSP, we believe that the experiences our enlisted veterans have gained through military service provide them with an incredibly positive view of what is possible. The military training and the follow-on deployments these men and women have experienced are both difficult and demanding, and the 1% of the American population that choose to wear the nation’s cloth come home to their communities with many skills and attributes. These include problem-solving and team-building skills, leadership, adaptability, technical-skills, and an ability to make decisions under stressful conditions. In short, these men and women come home as civic assets with tremendous potential for civic leadership.
What We Do
Warrior-Scholar Project empowers servicemembers as they transition from the military to higher education. We host immersive, one and two-week college-preparatory academic boot camps at America’s top universities to currently serving military personnel and veterans. These academic boot camps are offered at no cost. During programming, Warrior-Scholars are mentored by highly successful student veterans who have transitioned from the military to college. Host institution faculty volunteer their time, and our curricula focus on humanities, STEM, or business. Through faculty-facilitated lectures, study skills workshops, writing assignments, and tutoring, Warrior-Scholars acquire the skills to succeed in higher education and navigate the cultural shift from active duty military service to academia.