Meet the Wyakin Warriors by clicking on the Facebook link.
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization providing a full-spectrum education and professional development program for severely wounded, injured, or ill Post 9/11 veterans, designed for collegiate success and resulting in a rewarding career after graduation. Also known as the Wyakin Wounded Warrior Academy™, the program provides:
- A full, four-year scholarship (including room, board, books, tutoring, and living expenses).
- A custom, one-on-one, multi-layered mentoring program by the nation’s top leaders in business, industry and government service. Mentorship continues for a full year after graduation.
- Monthly professional development seminars by business leaders, public officials and employment experts.
- Lifetime membership in a fraternal organization (the Wyakin Warrior Foundation).
- A service project, completed while in school, to benefit other wounded warriors.
- Robust networking to assist them in securing gainful employment after graduation – not just get a job, but get a good job with upward mobility.
Our veterans can attend Boise State University, which has been an enthusiastic supporter of the program, or the College of Western Idaho, a local community college.
What is a “Wyakin”?
According to Native American legend, a wyakin is a spiritual guide that advises and protects a person throughout life. As a rite of passage, a young Native American was taken to an isolated mountain location where the child remained alone until the wyakin (often an animal such as an eagle or a wolf) appeared in a vision or dream. (Paraphrased from “Our Brothers’ Keeper” by Richard Littell)
Watch the video of the Wyakin Warrior program at Boise State
Watch the KTVB report (click on the image)
James Nealey (photo by Adam Eschbach/IPT)