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AV-255526-17

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Sidney Ellington (Project Director: November 2016 to present)
Warrior-Scholar Project

 Academic transition courses for enlisted veterans to be held in summer 2016 at Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, University of Chicago, University of Oklahoma, Yale University, and a preparatory program for discussion leaders.

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) empowers enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom, maximizes their education opportunities by helping them become better informed consumers of higher education, and increases the confidence they will need to successfully complete a rigorous four-year undergraduate program at a top-tier school.

Project fields:
American Government; History, General; Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


AV-248449-16

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Sidney Ellington (Project Director: September 2015 to present)
Warrior-Scholar Project: University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Vassar College

Summer 2016 academic transition courses for enlisted veterans held at the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Vassar College, and a preparatory program for discussion leaders.

Founded in 2011 by Yale University graduates, the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) runs immersive academic boot camps hosted at America's top universities for enlisted military veterans. The majority of enlisted personnel exiting the military have not been in a classroom setting for several years, and find it hard to transition, being unprepared for the fundamentally different social and cultural environment. WSP helps veterans rediscover and develop the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete 4-year undergraduate programs in higher education. WSP unlocks their educational potential and transforms the way veterans view themselves as students by introducing them to the concepts of liberty and democracy through exposure to humanities.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017


AV-248469-16

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Sidney Ellington (Project Director: September 2015 to present)
The Warrior-Scholar Project

A weeklong academic “boot camp” grounded in humanities texts and writing assignments designed to prepare veterans for the rigors of a four-year undergraduate education, to be conducted at Yale University, Syracuse University, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
 

Founded in 2011, the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) runs immersive academic boot camps hosted at America's top universities for enlisted military veterans. The majority of enlisted personnel exiting the military have not been in a classroom setting for several years, and find it hard to transition, being unprepared for the fundamentally different social and cultural environment. WSP helps veterans rediscover and develop the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete 4-year undergraduate programs in higher education. WSP unlocks their educational potential and transforms the way veterans view themselves as students by introducing them to the concepts of liberty and democracy through exposure to humanities.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017


AH-230095-15

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Christopher R. Howell (Project Director: September 2014 to December 2015)
Sidney Ellington (Project Director: December 2015 to present)
Warrior-Scholar Project: Second Expansion Phase

A series of humanities workshops for American military veterans preparing to enter colleges and universities, preceded by an intensive training session for workshop leaders.

The Warrior-Scholar Project proposes to build on its recent success in conducting humanities workshops at Yale University, Harvard University and the University of Michigan for American military veterans preparing to enter colleges and universities.  It would expand to 5-7 additional college and university campuses in summer 2015. The summer sessions would be preceded by an intensive Directors Training Course for new workshop leaders.

Project fields:

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2016


AH-50004-14

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Christopher R. Howell (Project Director: February 2014 to present)
Warrior-Scholar Project

A series of humanities workshops for recent American military veterans at Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan.

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) is an intensive, two-week-long, humanities-based "academic boot camp" hosted at America's top universities to facilitate veterans' transition from the military to college. In these two weeks, under the guidance of both student-veterans who've successfully transitioned from the military to college, and world renowned professors, students on the Warrior-Scholar Project develop the analytical reading, writing, and discussion skills critical to academic success, while also learning about what challenges to expect during this transition. Through WSP, not only do we teach veterans the substantive skills they wil need to succeed in college, we aim to completely transform the way they view themselves as students. During the program, our student veterans tackle humanities classics such as Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War, and Herodotus' The History, as well as more modern works such as Fareed Zakaria's "The Democratic Age," Robert Dahl's How Democratic is the American Constitution?, and Francis Fukuyama's "The Future of History." By engaging with these intellectual giants, the Warrior-Scholars develop confidence and learn critical thinking skills essential to collegiate success, while sparking their excitement about the awesome possibility of academic study.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 4/30/2015


ED-50375-13

Operation Opportunity Foundation (Washington, DC 20005-3408)
Christopher R. Howell (Project Director: December 2012 to present)
Warrior-Scholar-Project

An intensive two-week course for enlisted and former enlisted military veterans who are attending or plan to attend college.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Education Development and Demonstration

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 7/31/2013