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EDUCATION IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS CHANGE

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Founded in 2008, the Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has invested over $6 million in scholarships for 348 scholars nationwide.

The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend. But scholars receive much more than just funding. Our program unites the best talent and leadership in the military to make a significant, positive impact on our country and our local communities.

The scholars chosen reflect Pat’s values, strength of character and commitment to service. They demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential and a deep desire to impact change through their studies in the fields of medicine, law, business, government, education and the arts. Explore the profiles of a few Tillman Military Scholars to see what distinguishes our most successful applicants.

BECOME A MILITARY SCHOLAR

The application to join the 7th Class of Tillman Military Scholars will open in February 2015. Please stay tuned for more details.

Members of each class of Tillman Military Scholars represent a rich and diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and ambitions. They exemplify strong leadership potential and a drive to make a positive impact on our communities and country.

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Who can apply to become a Tillman Military Scholar

Veteran and active-duty military service members
  • Honorably discharged of pre-and post-9/11 service
  • From all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve
Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members
  • Including surviving spouses
Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time student:
  • Undergraduate (Bachelor’s or above)
  • Graduate or post-graduate degree
  • At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

Scholarships are available to military children through our partners at Fisher House Foundation, No Greater Sacrifice, ThanksUSA, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

On what basis are Tillman Military Scholars selected?

  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse
  • Record of personal achievement
  • Demonstration of service to others in the community
  • Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community
  • Leadership potential
  • Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

About the Application

In order to best prepare for completing the application, please have the following information available during the process: military service history, educational history, enrollment plans, and expected academic/living expenses and income for the upcoming academic year.

The following documents will need to be uploaded in a digital file format:
  • Documentation of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse. All discharged service members must provide their most recent DD-214. Active Reservist or National Guard applicants may provide alternate military service verification forms. Note: all submitted military service verification forms will undergo validation.
  • Résumé including education, work, public service history, recognitions and awards earned.
  • The application will require responses to two essays exploring the following areas: military and public service motivation and experiences; and educational, career and service ambitions.

All Tillman Military Scholar applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for funding.

Annual funding renewability will be considered for most scholars based on:
  • Meeting expected graduation date
  • Proof of full-time student status and minimum 3.0 GPA earned
  • Tillman Community engagement as a thought leader
  • Documented participation in service
  • Accountability for use of scholarship funds

All criteria must be met in order to be renewed. Review of renewal status is conducted each June by the Foundation.

Students who have to extend their expected graduation date must provide proof of extenuating circumstances.

Tillman Military Scholars are expected to maintain full-time enrollment in a U.S. accredited institution unless they are assuming part-time status during the semester they will graduate.

Scholarship funding can only be used toward a single post-secondary degree.

“Now I have 200+ other people who understand how I feel and what I’ve been through.

THAT MEANS MORE THAN ANY DOLLAR AMOUNT.”

-Sam Innocent, Tillman Military Scholar 2013

expectations
In addition to educational scholarships, Tillman Military Scholars receive the following benefits:
  • Access to the Tillman Community and leadership opportunities within the network
  • Invitation to the annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL
  • Entry to the annual Pat’s Run in Tempe, AZ, or Shadow Runs nationwide
  • Invitation to premier partner conferences including Inc. 500/5000, Clinton Global Initiative University, and the Student Veterans of America Summit
  • Access to Fortune 500 veteran affinity groups and talent acquisition networks
  • Participation in groundbreaking research studies in the veterans and military community
  • Opportunities to lead and volunteer with veteran partner organizations including Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, and Team RWB
  • Highlights of your stories, studies and service efforts on the Pat Tillman Foundation website and social media
Along with your role as an ambassador of the Pat Tillman Foundation, as a Tillman Military Scholar, you must meet the following expectations:
  • Maintain a full-time student status;
  • Maintain a high academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher);
  • Report to the Pat Tillman Foundation when requested (completing surveys); and
  • Meet expectations of high moral character and leadership
  • Attend the Pat Tillman Leadership Summit and other Foundation events in your region
  • Active engagement in the Tillman Community, with significant contribution as a thought leader, spokesperson and ambassador

MEET OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

University Partners are selected based on their innovative, veteran-specific support services and their overall proven culture of support for student veterans and military spouses. Download our University Partner guide for more information on the program and application process.

If interested in becoming a Tillman Military Scholar at one of our 15 University Partners, please contact:

Chris Rauschenbach
christian.rauschenbach@asu.edu
480.965.7723
Eric Halperin
eh2549@columbia.edu
212.854.8576
Victoria Pridemore
vpridemore@gwu.edu
202.994.9838
Bridgette Ingram
bingram99@tamu.edu
979.458.5312
Jennifer Horn
jmhorn@advance.ua.edu
205.348.4771
Cody Nicholls
rcn1@email.arizona.edu
520.603.7814
Terry Zacker
tzacker@umd.edu
301.314.7165
Jenni Peterson
hoff0489@umn.edu
612.626.1431
Cassie Bruske
bruske@uoregon.edu
541.346.1123
Larry Braue
lbraue@usf.edu
813.974.9935
Robin Chang
robinc@uw.edu
206.543.2603
David Shearman
drs55@georgetown.edu
202.687.2708
Margaret Baechtold
mbaechto@indiana.edu
812.856.0035
Mike Carrell
mcarrell@esue.ohio-state.edu
614.292.3898
Michael Kirchner
kirchne3@uwm.edu
414.229.7211
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