2024 Tillman Scholar

Eric Wright

Marine Corps
Texas A&M University
BS, Civil Engineering

“After witnessing the destruction of war-torn nations firsthand, I want to design a better tomorrow through civil engineering. Creating communities and infrastructure where families can grow and thrive.”

Eric has always felt compelled to follow in the footsteps of his forefathers and continue the legacy of patriotic military duty. After the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, this call crystallized into purpose and propelled Eric to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from recruit training in July 2004, he trained as an infantry Anti-Tank Assaultman at Camp Pendleton, California. He served in Iraq in 2005/2006 and again in 2008. 

Upon returning, Eric transitioned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal. In 2010/2011 and 2012/2013, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2013, he joined Combat Logistics Battalion 15 and led the Force Reconnaissance Maritime Raid Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team. In 2016, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and served as EOD Operations Chief, during which time he conducted multiple missions with the Royal Australian Airforce and United States Airforce EOD. At the end of his career, he served as a formal school instructor and curriculum developer of the Explosive Ordnance Exploitation Course at the USMC EOD Advanced Training Center.

Having seen the destruction of multiple theaters of combat during his time in service, Eric decided to dedicate his future to impactful contributions to his community and enrolled at Austin Community College and later Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in civil engineering. It is his determination that this will give him the tools necessary to continue his civic duty to his country and allow him to lay the foundations of a successful future for generations to come.