Syracuse University Welcomes Back Warrior-Scholar Project


A Continued Commitment to Empowering Our Nation’s Finest

Comes at an Exciting Time for the Organization

Syracuse, NY –Syracuse University, a host institution of the esteemed Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP), welcomes back the national nonprofit. WSP hosts immersive academic boot camps at no cost to enlisted veterans at some of America’s top colleges and universities. The organization recently announced Maura C. Sullivan, a former U.S. Marine Corps Officer and Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs with leadership experience spanning the military, government, private, and nonprofit sectors, as its Chief Executive Officer.

Through its unique programming, WSP guides veterans through their transition from the military and helps them develop the skills necessary to successfully complete four-year undergraduate programs. In-kind support from Syracuse University and investments made by foundations, corporations, and private donors cover the entire cost of the program for participants.

WSP is set to host a week-long academic boot camp at Syracuse University for 15 students July 12–21. Student veterans attending the Syracuse University boot camp will reside in campus housing and attend lectures in various classrooms and facilities.

“We are incredibly proud and excited to host another Warrior-Scholar Project academic boot camp at Syracuse University in 2019,” said CEO Maura Sullivan. “The program at Syracuse University engages veterans at an all-too-critical transition point, addresses veterans’ misperceptions about college and builds their confidence through an intense academic reorientation.”

Since 2015, 52 veterans have attended WSP at Syracuse University.

“The course is excellent! I wish this could be offered to all veterans as they are transitioning from the military, whether they intend to attend college or not,” said Pieter Botes, Syracuse University WSP alumnus. “The course is incredible at building both confidence in our skills and excitement to attend higher education. The staff was incredible, always approachable, and keen to help.”

WSP launched its first program at Yale University in 2012 with nine participants. Since then, WSP has expanded to encompass 18 of America’s top schools and will serve 275 veterans at boot camps across the country in 2019. In addition to Syracuse University, WSP graduates have gone on to enroll at prestigious institutions including Georgetown, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Yale, and Stanford.

“Transitioning from military service to civilian life can be a daunting endeavor, and the transition to higher education post-service can be even more intimidating,” says COL (Ret) Ron Novack, Executive Director of Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs. “The Warrior-Scholar Project plays a critical role in engaging and preparing these service members to transition successfully into higher education and succeed at universities around the U.S. Syracuse University remains a proud partner with Warrior-Scholar Project’s for the past five years and counting, and we look forward to hosting this year’s participants.”

Each WSP boot camp is run by WSP staff with a team of WSP alumni student veterans and is taught by university professors and graduate students. An intensive syllabus guides participants as they learn how to frame their ideas in an academic context, think critically, and formulate scholarly arguments. WSP believes with the right educational support and access to top-tier universities, veterans can become the next generation of civic and business leaders.

To learn more about Warrior-Scholar Project, visit www.warrior-scholar.org.