2017 Tillman Scholar

Megan Malone

Military Spouse
University of Washington

“My life’s mission is to help improve the quality of life for those without that availability.”

Searching for a greater purpose after the loss of her father, Megan, a first generation college student, moved to Thailand and began working in a hospital with the Red Cross while her husband was deployed. Immersing herself in Thai culture, she saw the burden that disease and lack of resources has on communities. Returning home, Megan worked tirelessly to gain knowledge and expertise by completing her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, volunteering with public health efforts in Cambodia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States, and working with the Department of Defense HIV Prevention Program in an effort to prepare for a career in public health. Throughout her education, her husband and the Naval Special Warfare community have inspired her immensely. Channeling the resiliency that comes from being a part of the NSW community as well as the lessons she learned growing up in Flint, MI, Megan has chosen her own path to serve others by working to improve quality of life for people worldwide.

After completing her Masters in Global Health from the University of Washington, Megan will continue her line of service by working with the Department of Defense assisting in their efforts fighting the global threat of diseases that plague developing nations where our military members serve. She is humbled and honored to be a member of the NSW community and to utilize the lessons of resiliency and service that she has learned from them to protect the health of the most vulnerable among us and of those who serve.