The Citadel to offer two full-ride scholarships to Ukrainian citizens affected by Russian invasion

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The Citadel, an institution that has educated and developed principled leaders throughout its history, will offer two Ukrainian citizens a scholarship covering full tuition, room, board and fees. These scholarships will be given to those who have been affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The college will also provide services, such as housing, for those future cadets to support their time in the United States during furloughs and breaks when The Citadel is out of session.

“As an institution, The Citadel has been dedicated to the ideals of liberty and freedom for almost two centuries,” said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79. “What is happening right now in Ukraine is an affront to these values, and it’s our duty to support those fighting for their freedoms however we can. Even if these future cadets do not serve in the Ukrainian Armed Forces after graduating from The Citadel, they will leave prepared as leaders for Ukraine.”

The applications for admission and subsequent scholarship consideration is now open at this link. Students must be admitted for scholarship consideration. The priority admissions application deadline is May 30; after that, applications and scholarship review will be considered based upon space available.

Additionally, The Citadel is coordinating with the Ukrainian Embassy in the U.S. to identify eligible applicants after Gen. Walters contacted the ambassador by letter in late March.

Helping the effort is Serhiy Ponomarov, Ph.D., a Supply Chain Management professor in the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business from Uzhhorod, Ukraine.

“Even before the current tragic events, I saw how significantly a Citadel education could benefit students from Ukraine. Now, the need is much more urgent,” said Ponomarov. “I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity The Citadel is extending to Ukrainian students and I hope this scholarship is the beginning of a long-lasting relationship so more Ukrainian students can experience the value of an education from The Citadel and return to Ukraine and use the knowledge and resiliency they gain here to help rebuild the country.”

Ukrainian citizens interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Dr. Kelly Brennan, associate provost of enrollment management, by email at

The Citadel has committed to funding these scholarships. However, anyone wishing to support this effort — or potentially allow for the scholarship to be expanded — is invited to donate. To make a gift through The Citadel Foundation, click here.

The Citadel supports the fight of free people everywhere against the forces of tyranny and evil. We look forward to welcoming these future cadets, and facilitating in a small way, your struggle for freedom from oppression.

Portion of the letter The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), wrote to Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States