Boot camp helps veterans head back to school

This summer, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill participated again in the Warrior-Scholar Project — a program designed to help military veterans transition from the service and head back to school.

Attendees in early June were veterans and transitioning service members enrolled or planning to enroll in or transfer into a four-year undergraduate program.

The Warrior-Scholar Project, held at 11 top national universities including Carolina, is designed to help military veterans develop or rediscover the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete higher education opportunities.

At Carolina, 20 participants were guided through the intensive syllabus by a team of student veterans and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members.  

“This is a full-immersion opportunity because the week at Carolina is packed for these enlisted veterans, from early reveille to late-night lights out,” said Zach Johnson, WSP Coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill. “These veterans are non-traditional students with unique experiences distinguishing them from their college peers, and this boot camp is designed to help them prepare for the emotional and cultural adaptations needed to succeed in a higher education environment.” 

Story by Michael John and Carly Swain, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Video by Carly Swain
Published June 9, 2016