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Baker Veterans Fellows Program

Tommy Baker Program Slideshow

Program Origin



Baker Fellows Advisory Board

Application Checklist



Program Origin:

Because of the unique challenges facing the many different categories of veteran students on campus (cadet veteran, day veteran, evening undergraduate veteran, graduate veteran,active duty student), including financial issues as well as post-graduation career pathway development, The Tommy Baker Veterans Fellowship program provides participants with an opportunity to address these needs while moving towards degree completion and employment in their chosen field. To do this, the costs related to degree completion must be addressed as well as positioning veterans to have the requisite skills, experiences, and presentation of an employment package to prospective employers that distinguish them from other candidates.

The Baker Fellows program includes 10 fellowships each academic year and includes a $5,000 stipend for tuition and educational expenses and an individualized internship experience overseen by The Citadel Career Services division, which offers academic credit as well as a customized educational experience. One component of the internship experience is a research project, where students complete an assessment of an organizational issue with recommended strategies and solutions. This document can then be added to the student’s e-portfolio as evidence of academic excellence.

In sum, the Tommy Baker Veteran Fellowship is a unique and rewarding experience for veteran students by meeting an immediate set of needs while positioning the Fellows for future success. With the support from Tommy Baker, Citadel veterans are given a significant advantage over students at other institutions.

Tommy Baker was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Moultrie High School and, motivated by a desire to serve his country and the patriotism of many past generations of Charlestonians, he enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduation. His service took him far from Charleston to the Japanese island of Okinawa. He returned home in 1968 and enrolled at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. The strict discipline of the Marine Corps prepared him for a first-rate education facilitated by The Citadel’s supportive veterans program at the time.

In 1988, he was accepted into Harvard Business School's exclusive Owner/President Management Program, an intensive three-year study of business models and executive education. After spending 25 years as an automobile dealer across the South, he founded Baker Motor Company in 1988. Baker Motor Company has since expanded to include Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, Maserati, Porsche, Land Rover, Infiniti, smart car, and a luxury Pre-Owned Center in a state-of-the-art facility on Savannah Highway. Baker Motor Company was most recently named one of Automotive News magazine’s “2013 Best Auto Dealerships to Work For” list.

A committed corporate citizen who believes his success is due in large part to the community in which he lives, Mr. Baker works with and supports many charitable organizations, as well as the medical and arts communities. He serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the College of Charleston and has taught a senior-level seminar for 21 years. In 1995, Mr. Baker was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Charleston. Mr. Baker’s previous philanthropic support of The Citadel includes gifts to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, athletic scholarship support, and sponsorship of The Citadel Kickoff Classic golf tournament.


Baker Veterans Fellowship
Application Process


Please be aware that to be a Baker Veteran Fellow, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must be a student in good academic standing at The Citadel, with minimum GPA of 3.5*
  • Applicant must have been a veteran with an honorable discharge (DD214 required).
  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student at The Citadel and remain classified as such throughout the Fellowship period.
  • Fellows must be able to travel to their internship location in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties in South Carolina as well as attend follow-up sessions with Citadel Career Center representatives.
  • Fellows must submit progress reports during the Fellowship year and be willing to serve as ex-officio members of the Baker Fellows Advisory Board upon completion of the Fellowship.



Submissions for the Fellowship should include the following:

1) A completed online application (GPA*, major, etc.).
2) A 500-word cover letter addressing the applicant's financial need and reasons the applicant believes he/she should be selected as a Baker Veteran Fellow and which of their attributes will contribute to the program.
3) A copy of a current resume.
4) A description of the candidate’s military service, including a copy of the applicant’s DD214 indicating an honorable discharge.

*Letter(s) of Recommendation are recommended.


The application deadline has been extended to October 17, 2019.


Fellows are selected on the strength of their applications, their financial need, and whether they have met all the necessary criteria. The Baker Veteran Fellows Advisory Board reviews all applications and accompanying materials, and conducts panel interviews with selected candidates. An overall evaluation form is used to select candidates at the conclusion of the interview process.


Application Checklist:

All required materials must be included with the candidate’s application. This checklist is designed to assist you in preparing your information packet—no paper or incomplete applications will be accepted.

  • Application: Complete and submit the application by midnight, on Thursday, 17 October 2019, to Susie Maghakian A confirmation email will be sent to your email address listed in the application. The online application can be found at the following link. Application
  • Resume: Submit a current copy of your resume in PDF. Applicants are encouraged to meet with Page Tisdale (843-953-1616) or Susan Pope (843-953-1618) in The Citadel Career Center prior to submitting their resume and cover letter.
  • Cover Letter: Include a cover letter (500 words) addressing your military service and experiences, your need for financial assistance, the reasons you believe you should be selected as a Baker Veteran Fellow, and which of your attributes, talents, and/or experiences will contribute to the program.
  • Optional: Letters of support from faculty members who can comment on your suitability to be a Baker Veteran Fellow.


The Baker Veteran Fellows Advisory Board:

Mr. Tommy Baker

Mr. Ed Sherman

Mr. Bob Sneed

Mr. Bill Hall

Mr. Jimmy Huggins

General James Livingston, USMC Retired

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