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the Leadership Summit brings Tillman Scholars

together to learn, grow and serve.

2016 Pat Tillman Leadership Summit

“In his life, Pat made his mark as a husband, teammate, soldier and brother. He believed we should always strive to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. In their own unique ways, we know each Tillman Scholar is committed to making their mark as well, and we want to empower them as leaders for our country and communities.” – Marie Tillman

In honor of Pat’s legacy, Tillman Scholars are committed to making a mark on society in their own unique ways. As a foundation, we strive to help each of them learn and grow through their studies, and above all, empower them as leaders to make a significant impact on our country and communities in the years ahead. The Pat Tillman Leadership Summit is designed to celebrate the values of the foundation, teach the scholars to apply the skills they learned in the military, and showcase the impressive impact they are collectively making on society.

The 2016 Leadership Summit at Roosevelt University will convene Tillman Scholars from diverse branches, backgrounds and areas of study to collaborate on continued service. The weekend will feature a special keynote on leadership, panels and engaging peer workshops, graduation ceremony and a community service project.

Keynote Speaker for 2015

Keynote Speaker for 2015

Sebastian Junger, Author, Journalist and Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker

Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War, is one of America’s most acclaimed writers. He is also a documentary filmmaker whose Restrepo, a feature-length documentary chronicling the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, was nominated for an Oscar.

As a journalist, he has covered major international news stories around the world, and has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism.


Service Project

Each year, Tillman Scholars get together to carry out Pat’s legacy of service through a single project.
In 2015, we were proud to partner with The Mission Continues and Chicago Park District at Bynum Island, Washington Park.

Located on the South side of Chicago, Bynum Island is a low ropes action/training course that serves schools and community groups throughout the city of Chicago. The course engages the physical, cognitive, and social resources of each participant and challenges them to break away from standard routines and problem solving and require cooperation, goal-setting, creativity, risk-taking, teamwork, communication, accountability, leadership. It also serves as a host to family camping and fishing programs through the Chicago Public Parks.

The Pat Tillman Foundation and The Mission Continues worked to repair and replace many of the challenge obstacles, create new challenges, rejuvenate trails, and add to the capacity of the outdoors programs by building fishing boardwalks, benches and picnic tables.

Service Project

Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors & Partners