2024 Tillman Scholar

Andrew Heiny

Dartmouth College

“Through the military, I discovered the power of community; in business, I hope to harness and protect this power to better small towns across America.”

Andrew Heiny is dedicated to addressing and resolving challenges faced by rural communities. Born outside the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, he has witnessed small mountain towns being abandoned, losing their identities, or discovering unique ways to survive in the evolving world. Andrew is resolute in his commitment to help towns not only survive but also thrive while preserving their communities and identities. Andrew’s journey in public service commenced at West Point, where he earned a B.S. in International Relations and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 2014. Upon commissioning, he was first assigned to Fort Liberty, NC, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division. 

In 2016, Andrew underwent assessment and was selected to serve in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Here, he would lead a Special Operations Ranger Rifle Platoon and deploy to Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. In 2019, Andrew attended the Special Forces Qualification Course, earning the Green Beret in 2021. As a Green Beret, he led a Special Forces Detachment (Alpha) in the 10th Special Forces Group, specializing in combat diving operations and deploying to Europe. Subsequently, he served in a joint intelligence task force before concluding his service in July 2024. 

Presently, Andrew is enrolled at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business alongside his wife, Kayla. He is determined to cultivate the skills and business acumen necessary to eventually return to the Rocky Mountains and contribute as a leader in business, focusing on aiding small towns flourish.