2024 Tillman Scholar

Genevieve Chase

Yale University
BA, Philosophy

“I aspire to ignite hearts, illuminate minds, and generate waves of positive change empowering veterans and disadvantaged children in shaping brighter futures.”

Genevieve Chase, a passionate advocate and combat-wounded veteran, has a remarkable journey marked by her unwavering commitment to service, pursuit of higher education, and dedication to making a substantive impact. In 2003, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and later deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). During that deployment, Genevieve survived a suicide-vehicle-borne attack, and received a Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, and Joint Service Commendation Medal. 

In 2013, she deployed once more and received a Bronze Star Medal. After deployment, Genevieve endured PTSD and severe depression, but turned her focus towards advocacy. In 2009, she founded American Women Veterans® and has been credited as initiating the 21st-century women veterans’ movement while advocating for the rights and well-being of LGBTQ and women veterans. 

Currently, Genevieve volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Yale University. Her educational journey aligns with her personal mission to inspire and empower. She plans to attend law school and further advocate for veterans, children, and domestic violence survivors. She also continues to serve in the Army Reserve and was selected among less than 1% of her peers to attend the highly regarded Noncommissioned Officer Corps Workforce and Leadership Development course at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. Genevieve looks forward to law school and is eager to make meaningful contributions to underserved victims in the years ahead.