2018 Tillman Scholars Announced

Press Releases | 06/06/2018


CONTACT: Shannon Speshock, Communications Manager

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The Pat Tillman Foundation Invests More than $1.3 Million in Academic Scholarships to Empower Newest Class of Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses


Chicago, IL (June 6, 2018) – Today, Marie Tillman, Board Chair and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF), announced the names of the U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses chosen as 2018 Tillman Scholars – the 10th class of Tillman Scholars. In recognition of their service, leadership and potential, the newly selected class will receive more than $1.3 million in scholarship funding to pursue higher education and continue their service in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts. For the full list of 2018 Tillman Scholars, with the service branches, institutions and fields of study from which they were selected, please visit: http://pattillmanfoundation.org/2018class   

“The 2018 Class of Tillman Scholars is a diverse, innovative group of leaders dedicated to making an impact in their chosen fields; from nursing practice and water conservation to business administration, public policy and beyond,” said Marie Tillman Shenton, Board Chair and Co-Founder of PTF. “We are proud to support this newest class of Tillman Scholars, empowering them to make an impact in their own communities and around the world.”

“The Tillman Scholars’ best years of service to our country are still ahead of them,” says Killjan Anderson, Executive Director for PTF. “They’re sharp, they’re driven and they come to the table ready to tackle tough issues with effective solutions.”

To date, PTF has invested more than $16 million in academic support, and named over 580 Tillman Scholars at over 100 academic institutions nationwide. From July 19-22 in Chicago, PTF will convene the 2018 Pat Tillman Leadership Summit powered by the NFL, bringing Tillman Scholars from around the U.S. to address some of the toughest challenges impacting the country and their communities.

The Tillman Scholars Program

Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in education and professional development. PTF provides academic scholarships, a national network and professional development opportunities, so Tillman Scholars are empowered to make an impact at home and around the world.

University Partners

Each year, PTF is proud to collaborate with 15 University Partners to identify and select qualified candidates on their campuses for the Tillman Scholar screening process. These University Partners offer innovative, veteran-specific services and a strong culture of support for military veterans and spouses while providing rigorous academic experiences. University Partners include Arizona State University; Columbia University; Georgetown University; The George Washington University; Indiana University; Texas A&M University; The Ohio State University; Syracuse University; University of Arizona; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Maryland; University of Minnesota; University of Missouri System; University of Oklahoma; and University of South Florida.

If you are a member of the media who wishes to arrange an interview with Pat Tillman Foundation Board Chair and Co-Founder Marie Tillman, Executive Director Killjan Anderson, or a 2018 Tillman Scholar, please contact Shannon Speshock at (224) 408-0451, [email protected].

About the Pat Tillman Foundation

In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. The Pat Tillman Foundation unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The fellowship program supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities, so they are empowered to make an impact in the world. For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation and the impact of the Tillman Scholars, visit PatTillmanFoundation.org.