Building the Next Generation of Leaders

Our mission is to unite and empower remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self.

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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.

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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.

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“To err on the side of passion is human and right and the only way I’ll live.”

Pat Tillman

Our Values

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.


Dedicated to service beyond self in and out of uniform


A lifelong learner, passionate about intellectual growth

Humble Leadership

Selflessly committed to leading by example


Determined to unite others and advance ideas that change the world

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.

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Million Dollars Invested To Date

Universities and Growing

Foundation Leadership

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.

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Our Partners

Without loyal support, our mission would go unfulfilled. Meet our partners and sponsors who are empowering the Tillman Scholars.
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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.

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News & Media Highlights

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

Pat Tillman has a place in Canton with Hall of Famers

Pat Tillman has a place in Canton with Hall of Famers

Within the revered walls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, a unique and serendipitous honor was discovered that pays tribute to Pat Tillman. Amidst a collection intended solely for Hall of Famers, Tillman's card, representing a legacy far beyond the...

Class of 2024 Tillman Scholar Applications Open Today

Class of 2024 Tillman Scholar Applications Open Today

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...

Pat Tillman Foundation Announces CEO Transition

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...

You Can Help Make A Difference.

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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