Warrior Scholars

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Warrior Scholars


Lifson, Amy, Humanities


Making the transition from military life to student life can be tricky to navigate. Since 2012, Yale University has offered immersive academic boot camps for enlisted military veterans who are embarking on a four-year undergraduate program. They read important works in the humanities-from Herodotus to Hobbes, from Tocqueville to Dahl- and get reintroduced to thinking and writing in a classroom setting, while other veterans and alumni of the program offer strategies on adjusting to student life.

That NEH-funded project has grown to include workshops at Harvard and the University of Michigan, and, this year, with a $350,(XX) NEF1 grant, it is ottering spots for 150 veterans at eight more campuses: Vassar College, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Syracuse University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, University of Oklahoma, University of Chicago, and the University of Southern California. …

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