Caltech partners with Warrior-Scholar Project to help veterans prepare for higher education – Pasadena Now

Warrior Scholar Project Credit: Caltech

To help veteran students acclimate to civilian life and earn undergraduate degrees, Caltech has once again partnered with the national nonprofit Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) to host an Academic Boot Camp. STEM August 6-13. The intensive program was designed to help veterans prepare for an academic environment while learning strategies to become better students.

WSP STEM Scholar Shane Rice discusses a physics problem with his class.
Credit: Warrior-Scholar Project

“Caltech is proud to host the Warrior-Scholar Project for the third consecutive year and for the first time in person. We are once again thrilled to introduce another cohort of military and veterans enlisted at one of our nation’s top science and technology institutions, and hope that every attendee finds the experience rewarding and motivating,” said Kenneth Hargreaves, assistant vice president of strategy implementation and external relations officer at Caltech.

During the WSP-Caltech Academic Boot Camp, 10 participants learned from Caltech faculty, received mentorship from other veteran students, and adapted to a formal learning environment. They were among approximately 115,000 veterans who separate from the military each year and decide to pursue higher education.

Because the transition from military to student life can be difficult, especially after years away from the classroom, WSP offers intensive one- to two-week academic boot camps so participants can learn the skills needed to succeed as well as help them. navigate the cultural shift from military to higher education in top schools.

Support from Caltech and other donors covers the cost of the program for participants, including an accessibility allowance of up to $500 for travel, childcare and other expenses. Since the partnership began in 2020, 29 veterans have participated in the WSP-Caltech Academic Boot Camp.

WSP’s free residency training programs traditionally house students on campus, allowing them to participate in stimulating discussions with accomplished faculty, receiving instruction in skills such as analytical reading and college-level writing.

WSP is a national, nonprofit organization offering programs at public and private colleges and universities across the country. For more information, visit

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