Tillman Scholars continue to make an impact, solving problems and discovering solutions that ripple outwards on a local and global scale. Your support makes this possible and so we share this success with you.

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In 2021, we welcomed another remarkable class of Tillman Scholars, and expanded the community to more than 750 leaders nationwide.

As the next generation of private and public sector leaders, the Tillman Scholars are tackling challenges across national security, healthcare, technology, civil rights, education and more. They believe their best years of service to our country are still ahead of them, and they are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world.

On behalf of the Tillman Scholars who have been empowered by your commitment and generosity, thank you.

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The Tillman Scholar Program

Since its inception, the Tillman Scholar Program has evolved into a world-class community of military service members, veterans and spouses, accepting 2.5 percent of applicants based exclusively on merit and potential for impact.

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The Tillman Scholar Community

Tillman Scholars are military service members, veterans and spouses with a high potential for impact as demonstrated through a proven track record of leadership, the continued pursuit of education and the commitment of their resources to service beyond self.

The tenets of the Tillman Scholar Program are:

  • Scholarships: Annual funding for academic expenses, including tuition, books, and living expenses
  • Leadership Development: Opportunities to advance knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Global Community: Access to a community of high-performing peers, mentors and industry leaders


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Serving After Service: From the Ashes

The Serving After Service video series examines how Tillman Scholars are serving in new ways to strengthen communities and make an impact at home and around the world. This year’s episode features Chrissy Mott, whose research focuses on invertebrates and their role in forest restoration following wildfires.

2017 Tillman Scholar:

Chrissy Mott

U.S. Air Force | Northern Arizona University | Ph.D., Forestry

As an ecologist and Ph.D. student in the Forestry department at Northern Arizona University, Chrissy Mott is working to understand the impact of invertebrates on forest restoration. While not much is known yet about how insects fit into the reforestation process, her research is helping to fill in these knowledge gaps and will allow scientists to see a more complete picture of the ecological processes that make wildfire recovery possible.

As wildfires continue to ravage the forests along the West Coast of the United States, her research will advance public policy and education, improving the health of forest habitats around the world.

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Tillman Scholars Redefine Change

Every year, the Pat Tillman Foundation receives thousands of applications from remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses nationwide. We select and invest in 60 individuals based on their demonstrated record of service, scholarship, humble leadership and potential for impact.

Meet Our Scholars

Candice Creecy

Marine Corps

Combining her love for adventure and passion for service to help remote communities in a tangible and sustainable way as a physician assistant.

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Saul Bautista


Empowering patients to be active stewards of their health by practicing a lifestyle and community-based approach to medicine.

Read Saul’s Story

Scott Swisher


Cultivating greater access and equity for underserved and incarcerated populations within U.S. colleges and universities.

Read Scott’s Story

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Pat’s Run

Pat’s Run annually raises $1 million in support of the Tillman Scholars program.

From the first event held in 2005 with 5,000 participants, Pat’s Run has grown into one of the 15 largest road races in the country.

About Pat’s Run:
  • $1 Million+ raised each year
  • 28,000 Runners in Tempe, AZ and 20,000 Virtually
  • Thousands of Honor Runners across the country
  • 2nd largest military race
  • 15th largest race in the nation

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All of the latest news and press releases for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Applications for the 2022 Class of Tillman Scholars are Open!

Applications for the 2022 Class of Tillman Scholars are Open!

The Pat Tillman Foundation today opened the annual application process for the Tillman Scholars program. Eligible military service members, veterans and spouses can apply to join the 2022 class of Tillman Scholars until Monday, February 28, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PT. For...

Tillman Scholars in the News

Tillman Scholars in the News

We’re proud of these Tillman Scholars for continuing to make an impact on their communities. Read on to see how they continue to lead through action. Junaid Lughmani, 2021 Tillman Scholar Yahoo! Finance interviewed Junaid on Digital Dunkirk and keeping his vow to...

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Pints For Pat

Pints For Pat has grown into a national fundraising program that gives supporters an opportunity to honor Pat’s legacy and empower the Tillman Scholars in a fun and unique way.

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Workplace Contributions

Your company can invest in the future by supporting the Tillman Scholars through a workplace giving campaign or corporate matches for your donation.

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Individual Contributions

Make a one-time or recurring donation to empower the Tillman Scholars. Contribute via check or online at PatTillmanFoundation.org.

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The Pat Tillman Foundation relies on everyone who believes in empowering selfless leaders. Your contribution helps us honor Pat’s legacy by uniting and empowering the next generation of leaders.

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