“Somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It leads us in the direction of the person we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.”

Pat Tillman

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Service Beyond Self: Empowering The Next Generation of Leaders

Since 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation has provided academic scholarships, professional development opportunities and a national network to empower military service members, veterans and spouses. These scholars are making a difference in the fields of healthcare, business, public service, STEM, education and the humanities.

With your help, we empower:
  • Active duty service members
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses

Thanks to you, Tillman Scholars are making an impact in the United States and around the world.

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What makes a Tillman Scholar?

Tillman Scholars have served their country and believe their best years of service are ahead of them. They are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world.

Scholars are chosen based on their:

  • Service: Dedication to service beyond self in and out of uniform
  • Scholarship: A lifelong learner, passionate about intellectual growth
  • Humble Leadership: Selflessly committed to leading by example
  • Impact: Determined to unite others and advance ideas that change the world

Tillman Scholars carry on Pat’s legacy and are making an impact with effects that will ripple outwards for years to come.

Meet the Tillman Scholars

“To err on the side of passion is human and right and the only way I’ll live.”

Pat Tillman


Every year, the Pat Tillman Foundation receives thousands of applications from remarkable service members, veterans and military spouses nationwide. We choose up to 60 individuals who are looking to change lives, one by one, on the ground.

Meet Our Scholars

Jonathan Yellowhair

Marine Corps

Working to develop an all-encompassing mental health trauma center directly on the Navajo Nation land.

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Matt Rosebaugh


Creating a coalition of advocates who generate opportunity for the underserved and underprivileged populations of Columbus, Ohio through social ventures, entrepreneurship and community engagement.

Read Matt’s Story

Elizabeth Burgin

Military Spouse

Leading research and writing efforts to develop counselor-specific competencies for military mental health care and military-focused adaptations to evidence-based treatments, with a focus on play therapy.

Read Elizabeth’s Service

The Tillman Scholar Network

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we made a $1.2 million lifetime commitment to the 2019 Class of Tillman Scholars. Sixty scholars were selected from a pool of approximately 2,300 applicants.

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“I will work to protect the most vulnerable people in society by upholding the rule of law and helping to rebuild fragile communities as they emerge from the snare of conflict.”

Ashley Fischer

2018 Tillman Scholar | Marine Corps | University of Minnesota | Master of Public Policy

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The Pat Tillman Foundation relies on everyone who believes in empowering selfless leaders. Your contribution helps us honor Pat’s legacy by uniting and empowering the next generation of leaders.

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