2021 Tillman Scholar

Jena Burkhart

University of Puget Sound

“In life, you must relentlessly pursue what truly sets your soul on fire. I am deeply passionate about healthcare and dedicated to advancing the field of rehabilitation medicine for all.”

Jena Burkhart is a 2021 Tillman Scholar, currently pursuing her doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound. She received her B.S. from Boise State University in Exercise Science and commissioned into the Army in 2012. Jena served most of her active-duty career within Army and Joint Special Operations, where she held numerous leadership positions including Special Missions Unit Troop Commander, Squadron Operations Officer, and Company Commander. Jena transitioned from active duty to pursue a career which will allow her to combine her love for health, fitness, and service. She is passionate about enhancing the quality of life of underserved and underprivileged populations, specifically youth and rural communities.