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STUDENT VETERANS ORGANIZATION

With a long history of supporting military families, Baker is proud to be one of America’s top military-friendly colleges and universities according to Military Advanced Education magazine. Baker’s Student Veterans Organization is open to all who have served in the United States military as well as spouses and dependents of military members. Through building and maintaining a community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni, SVO is addressing the challenges associated with the transition from military service to being successful in the college experience. SVO also offers assistance to students currently in the Guard and Reserves to continue their military service while reaching the goal of earning a college degree.

Mission

The mission of the Student Veterans Organization at Baker University for all who have served in the United States military as well as spouses and dependents is to:

  • build and maintain a community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni,
  • address the challenges associated with the transition from military service to being successful in the college experience, and
  • assist those students currently in the Guard/Reserves to continue their military service while reaching the goal of a college degree.

Officers

Thomas Denn, President
Marine Corps – Veteran
Army – National Guard
thomasadenn@stu.bakerU.edu

Jeremiah Lilly, Vice-President
Navy – Active Duty
jeremiahllilly@stu.bakerU.edu

Michael Hoeschele, Secretary/Treasurer
Army – National Guard
michaelwhoeschele@stu.bakerU.edu

Andre Phillips, Student Advisor
Army – Veteran
andredphillips@stu.bakerU.edu

Marissa Tulio, Student Advisor
Army – Reserve
marissactulio@stu.bakerU.edu

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

“Having an SVO is a valuable tool for current and future students at all levels to interact and share their stories and experiences. The SVO is here to assist students through their educational journey from start to finish. As current and former service members, we know how to get the job done, but we also recognize that we are not alone in these endeavors.”
JEREMIAH | SVO Vice-President

“It is an honor and privilege to not only be a part of the SVO at Baker University, but also to be able to assist incoming military students of all branches of service in order to better themselves, which is what I strive for every day.”
MICHAEL | SVO Secretary/Treasurer

SALUTE | Veterans honor society

SALUTE is the first national honor society for student military and veterans and recognizes the academic success of student veterans.

  • Recognizes four levels of achievement.
  • Encourages students to strive to improve their GPAs and advance to higher levels.
  • Each tier allows access to specific scholarships and funding as determined by the national office.

Find more information or apply to become a member of SALUTE.

Membership Requirements

All students applying for membership must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled as a student
  • Qualify as military/veteran student under locally derived and maintained definitions. Applicant must submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge). Applicants serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves must submit a copy of orders for their current duty assignment.
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA (GPAs may not be rounded).
    • Alpha tier GPA: 3.75 – 4.00
    • Bravo tier GPA: 3.50 – 3.74
    • Charlie tier GPA: 3.25 – 3.49
    • Delta tier GPA: 3.00 – 3.24
  • Have served or currently serving in the military, National Guard, or Reserves (If no longer serving, must have been honorably discharged from service)
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards

Membership Fee

A one-time, nonrefundable, $35 lifetime membership fee is due at the time of initial application. Checks must be made payable to SALUTE National Honor Society. The majority of these membership fees go toward scholarships for student veterans across the nation attending schools that participate in SALUTE.

CONTACT US

Jesse Cardens, Certifying Official
Veterans Education Benefits
913.344.1256 | fax: 913.491.0470
jesse.cardens@bakerU.edu

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