Academic ‘boot camp’

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Matt Johnson and Amy Brown from Penn’s Critical Writing Program assist with academic writing exercises during the Warrior-Scholar Project.
Matt Johnson and Amy Brown from Penn’s Critical Writing Program assist with academic writing exercises during the Warrior-Scholar Project.
Photo by Scott Spitzer
By Jill DiSanto
July 9, 2018

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) aims to empower enlisted personnel to succeed in an undergraduate program at a top-tier institution. In a one-week academic “boot camp,” active-duty service members and veterans lived and dined at Penn while learning about campus life, the admissions process, financial aid, and maximizing their educational benefits.

Of the 13 warrior-scholars who participated in the project, two students are already planning to matriculate into the College of Liberal and Professional Studies undergraduate program in the fall. Veterans are ideal candidates for the LPS undergraduate program, which offers flexibility for non-traditional students, says Nora Lewis, the vice dean of professional and liberal education in the School of Arts and Sciences. “We are incredibly proud to serve our military and veterans,” Lewis says. “They are tremendous contributors to the academic discourse in our classrooms and to the larger campus community.”

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