Press Release: 2021 Tillman Scholars Application Now Open

Blog | 02/01/2021

2021 Tillman Scholars Application Now Open

U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses can apply through February 28, 2021

FEBRUARY 1, 2021 (CHICAGO, IL) – The Pat Tillman Foundation today opened the annual application process for the Tillman Scholars program for eligible military service members, veterans and spouses. The application to join the 2021 Class of Tillman Scholars closes on Saturday, February 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT. 

“Tillman Scholars continue Pat’s legacy of service, humble leadership, scholarship and impact,” says Marie Tillman Shenton, Board Chair and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “They are the next generation of leaders who will make a significant impact on our country and the world.”

The selection process for the Tillman Scholars program is highly competitive, selecting up to 60 Tillman Scholars annually. Applicants will receive notification of selection results no later than June 2021. Scholarships will be granted for the 2021-2022 academic year and are eligible for renewal. 

“We’re proud to have nearly 700 Tillman Scholars in our community who are not only making an impact locally and globally, but are invested in supporting the growth and success of their peers,” says Pat Tillman Foundation CEO and 2011 Tillman Scholar, Dan Futrell. “The Tillman Scholars program begins with support for education, but offers a lifetime community invested in the leadership development and impact of scholars committed to service as part of the legacy of Pat Tillman.”

To explore the profiles of current Tillman Scholars and learn about their impact, visit:


The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to unite and empower remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in academic scholarships, connecting them to a national network and providing professional development opportunities. The program covers direct study-related expenses including tuition and fees, living expenses and books for scholars who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based, accredited institution.

Scholars demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential, a track record of perseverance, and a deep desire to impact change in our country and communities through their studies in medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts. The Pat Tillman Foundation has invested more than $20 million in academic support since 2004, and has named nearly 700 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 academic institutions nationwide.


Since 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation has joined with higher education institutions as University Partners of the Tillman Scholar Program. These institutions offer strong veteran-specific services and a culture of support for military veterans and spouses while providing rigorous academic experiences. University Partners are established on an invitation-only basis, and help identify and select qualified Tillman Scholar candidates on their campus and help grow the Tillman Scholar community.

The 19 University Partner institutions are: 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 Maryland; University of Minnesota; University of Missouri System; University of Oklahoma; University of South Florida; and University of California, Los Angeles. 

We are proud to welcome four HBCUs into our University Partners this year: Florida A&M University, Howard University, Jackson State University, and Texas Southern University. 

The expansion of our University Partners continues the foundation’s effort to build a community of diverse leaders, and these partner institutions will help us increase awareness of the remarkable opportunities we offer student veterans, military spouses, and active duty service members at these institutions. These 19 partners demonstrate strong support for military veterans and spouses and are proud to support Tillman Scholars on their campuses. 

For specific details on eligibility and to apply online, please visit: 

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, CEO Dan Futrell  or a Tillman Scholar, please contact Marketing Director Stevie Kuenn at [email protected].



The Pat Tillman Foundation unites and empowers a diverse community of remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The foundation supports Tillman Scholars as they enter their next chapter with academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development and a global community as they continue to make an impact in their communities and the world. For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation and the impact of the Tillman Scholars, visit