2018 Tillman Scholar

Ashley Fischer

Marine Corps
University of Minnesota

“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.”

Inspired by her family’s legacy of military service, Ashley made it her childhood goal to attend the United States Naval Academy and continue in her family’s footsteps. Focused and determined to serve her country, Ashley joined the Naval Academy class of 2011 lettering as a member of the inaugural varsity women’s lacrosse team and majoring in Economics. Her desire to continue to lead from the front led her to commission in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Logistics Officer.

While on deployment in East Africa, Ashley witnessed first-hand the invaluable impact of economic development and the rule of law in stabilizing and rebuilding societies in post-conflict environments. Passionate about serving where she believes help is needed most, Ashley transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserve as a Civil Affairs Officer and is completing a Master of Public Policy degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, focusing on national security policy and post conflict development. She aspires to also complete a J.D. concentrating in human rights law and the law of armed conflict to advocate for the legal rights of the most vulnerable and often times invisible members of society caught in the snare of civil conflict.

Never one to shy from challenge, Ashley has decided to devote her life as a lawyer and policy advisor promoting economic development and advocating for universal respect for human rights and the rule of law in the most fragile environments.