2022 Tillman Scholar

Jennifer Scanlon

Gonzaga University
Juris Doctor

“‘Always Out Front,’ the Military Intelligence motto appealed to my tenacious spirit. This drive propelled me from Army private to college dean. With a JD, I will lead through service and advocacy.”

Years of experience, and surviving breast cancer provided the clarity and self-awareness that inspired Jennifer Scanlon to pivot her 25 year career in public service towards her long held goal of the study of law.  Jennifer has a long record of perseverance through adversity on multiple fronts brought forth by choice and circumstance. Jennifer is a Latina, U.S. Army veteran, military brat, Russian linguist, mother, breast cancer survivor, community college dean, and graduate of rigorous undergrad, graduate, and professional programs.

In the military, Jennifer served as an Electronic Warfare Signal Intelligence Voice Interceptor/Russian linguist. She worked her way from private to sergeant as a petite young woman serving in a tactical, physically demanding, Military Intelligence unit as one of few women soldiers. She graduated in the top of her class at the Defense Language Institute, advanced voice interceptor training, and Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC.)

After service Jennifer funded her own education and completed her bachelors at the University of Texas at Austin and masters at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Since leaving the military, Jennifer has been committed to public service, Her work includes  initiating new success programs for veterans in community college  and overseeing core  student services as a dean.  Jennifer is inspired to continue her life long love of learning and service, through the study of law. With a Juris Doctorate, she believes she will have the preparation and credentials that will help amplify her talents, skills, and passions allowing her to have an even greater impact as a future college president, policy maker, or legal advocate.