2011 Tillman Scholar
April Ellsworth is originally from Coupeville, Washington. She attended the University of Arizona where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned her officer commission in 2004. She first served as a platoon leader with the 1st Infantry Division, then as Battalion S6 for 2-159 Attack Recon Battalion (Apaches) in Illesheim, Germany with whom she completed a 15 month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09.
In 2009 April returned to Tucson to attend law school and served as company commander of a drill sergeant unit in the Army Reserves before separating from the Army in 2011 at the rank of Captain. She earned a juris doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2012 and is licensed to practice in Washington state. She served as a law clerk for Judge Jan Kearney (ret.) and Judge Jeffrey Bergin at the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County. She’s currently employed at Tucson’s very busy Social Security Office as a claims specialist. She’s laying the knowledge foundation to transition to serving the SSA as an attorney at the Office of Appeals and Disability Review.
Her service awards and distinctions include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd award). She also recently retired from serving as president of Old Pueblo Lightning Women’s Rugby Club and is a board member of Old Pueblo Rugby Charities, a 501(c)3.