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
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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.
Pat Tillman Foundation to Honor Jon Stewart, John Feal and Jackie Munn at its 2020 Tillman Honors Awards Ceremony
The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) will honor Jon Stewart, John Feal and Jackie Munn for their remarkable leadership and commitment to service at Tillman Honors in a Zoom event on Thursday, Nov. 5 from noon to 1 p.m. CST. Tillman Honors, presented in partnership with...
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...
Boxing champion Kim Clavel, who left the ring to return to nursing during the coronavirus pandemic, will receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service at The ESPYS on June 21. "It is an honor to receive the Pat Tillman Award on behalf of all the health care workers...
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.
Pointers from the PTF team about putting together a great Tillman Scholar application.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the NFL Network debuted "The Legacy of Pat Tillman," which tells the story of Pat's life through the words of those carrying on his legacy - Tillman Scholars. The piece features interviews with seven Tillman Scholars in which they share how his...