Educational Institutions

Warrior-Scholar Project

From the Battlefield to the Classroom

aka Operation Opportunity Foundation   |   Washington, DC   |  www.warrior-scholar.org

Mission

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) empowers enlisted 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.

Ruling year info

2011

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ryan Pavel

Main address

1012 14th Street NW, Ste 1200 Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

45-2745669

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite the unique work experience transitioning veterans bring to their academic careers, they face singular difficulties adjusting to, and succeeding in, a higher education environment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Warrior-Scholar Project Courses

Each Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) course is a one- to two-week intensive academic experience designed to prepare veterans for the transition from the military to college. In 2019, WSP hosted 18 programs nationwide at top-tier universities. Whether one or two weeks, each WSP course includes: • Mentorship from fellow enlisted veterans who have successfully made the transition from the military to college; • Seminar discussions with distinguished faculty; • 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 focused on note taking, time management, and study skills; • Advice on navigating the college admissions process; • Continued academic support from the Warrior-Scholar Project network even after course conclusion. Two week courses include a week of programming for students who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related major. STEM courses are focused on the foundational concepts of physics generally taught in introductory physics classes as these are essential for success in all STEM majors. During STEM week, participants also gain hands-on experience in afternoon labs and group research projects. THE MODEL: The WSP veteran led and delivered service model is unique in that it is fully-immersive and tailored to the needs of its participants. Course are free of charge to veterans who are provided course materials as well as campus lodging and dining. During humanities-focused academic boot camps, veterans work 14 hours per day, participating in seminar discussions, intensive writing and reading workshops, and one-on-one tutoring sessions. The curriculum includes readings based in themes of democracy and citizenship which allows veterans to draw on their personal experiences, actively invest in the readings, and become initiated into a wider academic dialogue. An additional key to success is the use of program alumni who have successfully made the transition from the military to higher education to mentor students. These Fellows, help facilitate study-groups and lead sessions such as “de-greening” which focuses on successfully navigating the transition from the military to civilian culture.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of enlisted veterans receiving small-class, intensive, immersive college preparatory training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Warrior-Scholar Project Courses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Warrior-Scholar Project's mission is to prepare enlisted veterans to succeed in a higher education environment.

We provide intensive one- to two-week intensive humanities and STEM-focused college preparatory courses as well as one-day seminars on college and university campuses across the country.

Working with our higher education partners, Warrior-Scholar Project is uniquely positioned to deliver on its mission as it has provided veterans with college preparatory training for the past seven years. Our evidence-based, veteran led and delivered service model ensures veterans are mentored, supported, instructed, and academically challenged as they transition from the military to academia.

Warrior-Scholar Project measures progress through a variety of surveys and data collection methods.

Warrior-Scholar Project has been privileged to provide over 1,000 veterans with college preparatory training in the form of intensive one- to two-week academic boot camps, as well as one-day seminars. We will continue to scale our programming, geographically beyond the 24 campuses served in 2019, and in terms of curriculum expansion in 2020 and beyond.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Warrior-Scholar Project

Board of directors
as of 8/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark London

London & Mead

Peter Brooks

NLine Energy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Veterans, military, education, academic