2013 Tillman Scholar
Believing in the absolute importance of serving our country, Meaghan attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 2008. Commissioned as a Quartermaster officer, Meaghan dedicated herself to professional excellence in the field graduating as the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Course and the Aerial Delivery Maintenance Officer Course.
Arriving at Ft. Bragg, NC, Meaghan became the platoon leader for the 82nd Airborne Division’s parachute pack platoon, totaling over 130 paratroopers—the largest platoon in the Army. Meaghan quickly learned the importance of technical competence in the Airborne community and graduated from Jumpmaster School and the Joint Airdrop Inspection Course as a 2LT. Selected to take an Aerial Delivery Detachment to Afghanistan, Meaghan had the distinct honor of serving with riggers from both the 82nd and 101st rigging and airdropping over 1 million pounds of supplies to COPs and FOBs all over the country.
Upon returning from Afghanistan, Meaghan developed a keen interest in the military’s reintegration and transition programs with regard to mental health. This interest was farther honed during her own separation from active service. Realizing that a background in psychology was necessary, Meaghan left active duty and immediately attended the George Washington University where she received her Master’s in Forensic Psychology.
Meaghan is now a clinical psychology doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she was awarded the David O’Connor Fellowship to research issues specific to Veterans and their family members. Meaghan is married to an active duty infantry officer and together they have two beautiful daughters, Pepper and Madison.