Warrior Scholar Project

Make a smooth transition to college with the Warrior-Scholar Project!

Founded at Yale University in 2012, the Warrior-Scholar Project helps enlisted veterans develop the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in higher education.

This free, week-long immersive college prep course can help you:
  • Ease your transition from the military to college.
  • Prepare to become an academically successful leader on campus.
  • Reinforce the academic skills that may have diminished since your last classroom experience.

Courses run from June through August at colleges and universities throughout the country. Learn more and apply today!

Frequently asked questions

Are the courses free?

Yes. The Warrior-Scholar Project is a nonprofit organization fully funded through donations. We provide free room and board on campus at each of our courses as well as books and course materials. Students are only responsible for travel expenses to and from the course.

I’m currently on Active Duty, can I still apply?

Yes. If you are an enlisted military service member on active duty, in the reserves, or already separated you can apply for WSP. To qualify, you must have an actionable plan to attend college in the near future.

I already started school. Can I still apply?

Yes. As long as you have not already completed a bachelor’s degree, you can still apply for the WSP. Participants range from those who are working on their associate’s degree or started at a 4-year school, to those who have not taken any college classes yet.

I want to attend the course, but I’m going to apply for admission. Can I still come to the course?

Yes. We encourage our Warrior-Scholars to take courses for overall experience and to take their skills to the college that is best for them. If you want to apply to one of our host institutions, great! However, you are certainly not required or expected to do so.

Are all courses the same?

For the most part, yes. All WSP courses focus on the same curriculum. Students will learn the same core skills, no matter which course they attend. There will be slight differences in the overall experience from campus to campus, since each school has something unique to offer.

If I take a course, do I have to stay on campus in the WSP provided housing?

Yes. Our course is designed to be an immersive experience. Since the course schedule is very full, it is easiest for all students to stay on campus.

What can I expect to experience if I take a course?

  • Mentorship from fellow enlisted veterans who have successfully made the transition from the military to college
  • Seminar discussions with world-renowned professors
  • Intensive writing workshops with university writing instructors
  • One-on-one sessions with tutors focused on essay writing
  • Discussions with fellow student veterans regarding the challenges faced by non-traditional students
  • Skill building classes on note taking, time management, and study skills
  • Advice on the college admissions process
  • Continued academic support from the Warrior-Scholar Project network after your course ends