2015 Tillman Scholar

Amy Bowen

Duke University

“I originally joined to serve individuals as a nurse. Now, I strive to have a larger sphere of influence and address broken social systems.”

As a junior in college, Amy was heavily involved in her Army ROTC Battalion, preparing for what was ahead, becoming a third generation military brat. Starting her time in the service in the medical field as a nurse, during her first deployment to Iraq Amy aspired to be tactically operational but still aspired to help others and in turn applied to become a Civil Affairs officer. While being tested physically, mentally, and on an operational deployment, Amy realized that being herself allows her to do her job better in the long run – regardless of whether or not she was working for the government in a male dominated occupation.

Originally joining the military to serve individuals as a nurse and return patients to the best quality of life possible, Amy now strives to have a larger sphere of influence and address broken social systems by transitioning from active military service to attending Duke University in order to obtain her Master’s in Public Policy. Amy’s goal is to connect her experiences as a nurse and Civil Affairs officer by pursuing a career in the global policy field through government agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where she will have the opportunity to assist countries in providing essential services for themselves.

Through her experiences as a veteran and military decision making processes, Amy wants to be a source of continuity between military and their civilian counterparts, assisting with civil-military cooperation so that national objectives are met, ultimately helping the international community as a whole.