Texas A&M has joined a growing roster of universities taking part in a nonprofit’s mission to ease the transition for U.S. veterans moving from the military to college.
The Warrior-Scholar Project helps enlisted service members develop the necessary skills to complete a four-year university program. The main areas of focus include academic writing and reading, technical skills like note taking, studying and time management, and the facilitation of confidence-building in the transition.
Among the 15 universities participating in 2017 are Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell, Amherst College and the University of Michigan. The program, which is free for the veterans, costs an average of $60,000 and is funded mainly through donations.
Sophomore political science major Jarrod Romine enrolled in the program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ahead of starting classes at Texas A&M two years ago. By the end of the week-long experience, he said he was sold.
“I was absolutely blown away,” said Romine, who now serves as A&M’s campus program coordinator for the project, which was held for the first time in Aggieland last week.
Romine — who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than eight years and was selected last year as one of 60 Tillman Scholars — said he sees the program’s relationship with A&M as “the most natural thing in the world.”
It’s important for young veterans to know what their options are as they leave military service, he said, adding that they should be encouraged to take advantage of the benefits their service affords them.
“Unfortunately there is all too often an assumption that veterans just go to truck driving school or the police academy, and that’s the extent of how they use their GI bill,” Romine said. “Student veterans are often by their…