2015 Tillman Scholar

Mary Conroy

University of South Florida

“It was not until I came face-to-face with real poverty that I honestly appreciated what I had in life.”

Motivated by a desire to serve in the footsteps of her family, Mary entered the U.S. Air Force Academy in June 2001. Four months later, the World Trade Center was attacked and she became more determined than ever to serve her country.

During her senior year, Mary took the unique opportunity to switch branches upon graduation and enter the U.S. Army to serve as a Human Intelligence Officer. She saw it as her best opportunity as a female service member to actively support combat operations. While deployed to Iraq and Korea, Mary was tasked with analyzing the funding sources of local terrorist networks and anti-state organizations. After deploying home, she had the opportunity to further work within Goldman Sachs’ Internal Audit Department as part of the Veterans Integration Program, gaining greater insight on the rules and regulations that govern the financial industry around the world.

At the University of South Florida, Mary is now pursuing her MBA with a specialization in Compliance, Risk and Anti-Money Laundering. After graduation, she wants to pursue a career in the financial industry with a focus on countering terrorist network financing. She intends to continue her service in the Army Reserve.