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Military Veterans Attending Academic Boot Camp At A&M

Scot Walker '90 August 7, 2017 4:36 PM updated: August 7, 2017 4:48 PM

Via News Release from Shortt Communications

For some military veterans, the first day of school at a new college or university is as challenging as a deployment to a foreign country. Immersion in a new culture and reintroduction to a demanding academic environment can make the transition from military to higher education difficult. To ease the transition, the Warrior-Scholar Project is hosting an intensive one-week academic boot camp at Texas A&M.

The program is designed to help military veterans develop and rediscover the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete four-year undergraduate degrees. Because veterans are non-traditional students with unique experiences distinguishing them from their college peers, WSP also uses the boot camps to help prepare participants for the emotional and cultural adaptations required to succeed in a higher education setting.

This is the first time that any university in Texas has hosted the Warrior-Scholar Project. The university has posted a story about it at http://today.tamu.edu/2017/08/04/texas-am-joins-elite-group-of-host-campuses-for-warrior-scholar-project/. More information about the Warrior-Scholar Project can also be found on the organization's website at www.warrior-scholar.org/.

WSP launched its first program at Yale University in 2012 with nine participants. Since then, WSP has expanded to encompass 12 top schools and is on track to host more than 200 veterans at boot camps across the country in 2017.

Each WSP boot camp is run by a team of student veterans, and taught by university professors and graduate students. WSP funders and private donors cover the entire cost of the program for participants, excluding travel. Student veterans attending Texas A&M University boot camp will reside in campus housing and attend lectures in various classrooms. 



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