Helping leaders make real change
Tillman Scholars are finding comprehensive solutions to everything from water scarcity, to human rights, to national security. With your contributions and support, we’re able to identify and empower the next generation of leaders who are dedicated to service beyond self. The Tillman Scholar community is making a real impact in the world.
Honoring a Legacy
Pat’s story on the football field and the Army is well-known, but it is his principles and service that are his true legacy. Pat believed in something bigger than himself, and dedicated his life to serving it. We’re dedicated to honoring that legacy.
Pat’s family and friends started the Pat Tillman Foundation to carry forward that legacy by giving military service members, veterans and spouses who embody those principles the educational tools and support they need to reach their fullest potential as leaders – no matter how they choose to serve.
“To err on the side of passion is human and right and the only way I’ll live.”
Pat inspired us all to live our lives to fullest, and we’ve shaped this foundation around key principles that mattered to Pat the most.
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.
Million Dollars Invested To Date
Universities and Growing
We’re honored to help the next generation of leaders live selflessly, creating a better world. With your effort, we’ll continue to honor Pat’s legacy to inspire future generations.
Looking to join the Pat Tillman Foundation?
Our team is passionate and purpose-driven, and as we grow our community, we’re looking to recruit individuals who want to help us achieve the mission.
News & Media Highlights
All of the latest news and press releases for the Pat Tillman Foundation.
The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) has announced that Katherine Steele, ED.D., will be the next CEO. Most recently, she was Director of PTF Programs on the Executive Team and has been acting co-interim CEO since August 2023. In her new role, she will lead the...
Veterans, Service Members, Military Spouses Encouraged to Apply Through Feb. 1 (CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2023) – Today, the Pat Tillman Foundation opened the annual application process for the Tillman Scholars program. Eligible military service members, veterans and spouses...
Chicago, IL (September 5, 2023) – The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) announces today that Dan Futrell is transitioning out of his CEO role with the Foundation to focus on a new university model for higher education and his continued role as a Tillman Scholar. The...
The Pat Tillman Foundation Unites and Empowers Its 15th Class of U.S. Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses Chicago, IL (June 27, 2023) – Today, the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) announced the names of the 60 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses...
The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) today announced the appointment of Dr. Amber Manke, a 2012 Tillman Scholar, to its Board of Directors. Manke earned her Ph.D. in organizational leadership, policy, and development and a M.Ed. in adult education from the University of...
Twice as nice, The Pat Tillman Foundation was selected as a Top 10 Nonprofit to Work For for the second year in a row by the Nonprofit Times! As the leading national business publication for nonprofit managers, The Nonprofit Times partnered with the Best Companies...