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.


In 2020, we welcomed another remarkable class of Tillman Scholars, and expanded the network to nearly 700 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 Network

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
  • Professional Development: Opportunities to advance knowledge, skills, and experience
  • National Network: 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.

Read Candice’s Story

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 2019 sold out in record time and raised over $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 the largest run in the nation to honor a fallen soldier.

About the run:
  • $1 Million+ raised in 2019
  • 28,000 Runners in Tempe, AZ
  • 4,033 Honor Runners across the country
  • 2nd largest military race
  • 18th largest race in the nation

Pat’s Run 2020

The 16th Annual Pat’s Run will take place on April 18, 2020.

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Media Highlights

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

Pat Tillman Foundation Announces Its 2020 Tillman Scholars

Pat Tillman Foundation Announces Its 2020 Tillman Scholars

Today, PTF announced the names of the 60 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses chosen as 2020 Tillman Scholars. In recognition of their service and leadership potential, the newly selected class will receive scholarship funding to pursue higher education...

In Crisis and Conflict, Values Lead the Way

In Crisis and Conflict, Values Lead the Way

The Pat Tillman Foundation’s mission is to unite and empower the military community as the next generation of leaders, committed to service beyond self. The events following the death of George Floyd call us to reinforce that commitment to service beyond self by considering how we as an organization—and through the work of our remarkable Tillman Scholars—can lead through action to support racial justice and equity.

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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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You can help make a difference

The Pat Tillman Foundation relies on everyone who believes in empowering selfless leaders. Your contribution helps us create a future Pat worked for his whole life: one where selfless and courageous leaders made the world a better place for everyone.

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