Updated: Apr 29
As our nation grapples with a public health crisis, the Warrior-Scholar Project team is reflecting on our unique role and capacity to serve veterans throughout this challenging time. We are leveraging our existing remote infrastructure to adjust upcoming programming, and thanks to a talented and diligent team, we have a plan that will still allow us to serve hundreds of servicemembers and veterans despite the crisis.
This summer, we intend to operate robust virtual programming that accomplishes our mission of empowering enlisted service members and veterans in their transition to higher education. We plan to work closely with our 20 college and university partners to shift to this virtual model, which helps ensure the safety of staff, participants, instructors, and collaborators.
We do not make this shift lightly. Institutions throughout the country have halted in-person classes and some have already suspended summer programming. As we cannot know when they will be able to reopen, we assume on-site programming will simply not be feasible. In the wonderful event that situations improve and on-site programming again becomes viable, we will enthusiastically embrace that possibility and shift focus accordingly.
We are approaching this situation as an opportunity to explore WSP’s adaptability, and we are excited by the possibility of serving more veterans who would be unable to travel to our regular programming even under normal circumstances. We want a virtual WSP boot camp to be a transformative event that propels veterans to success regardless of what else is going on in the world--a beacon of hope and inspiration in dark times.
Although our service delivery model will temporarily change, essential program components will not. As with on-site programming, virtual Humanities, STEM, and Business programming will:
Utilize evidence-based curricula to empower students with skills and confidence
Reflect the pedagogy of host institution faculty who volunteer their time to teach;
Be facilitated and heavily influenced by program alumni fellows;
Be delivered live to small classes of student veterans;
Include degreening / cultural integration strategies;
Provide an admissions overview to student veterans; and
Provide students with tailored soft skills and college-level writing instruction.
We are up for the challenge, and we hope you will join us on this journey. If you would like to volunteer your time or talents, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you would like to donate, please click here. If you know of any servicemembers or veterans who could benefit from this programming this summer, please encourage them to apply soon.
Ryan Pavel - Chief Executive Officer