Tillman Scholars in the News

Blog | 02/12/2021

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.

Stephanie Erwin, 2019 Tillman Scholar

Stephanie Erwin was awarded first runner up in the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Malcolm S. Knowles “Dissertation of the Year,” which commends an outstanding doctoral dissertation that exemplifies scholarly work.

After departing active duty service in the Navy, Stephanie returned to the United States in preparation for pursuing her doctoral studies and began to work in the field of military and veterans’ services. Stephanie is currently a doctoral candidate at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Following the completion of her dissertation, Stephanie hopes to serve both as a faculty member aiding in educating the next generation of researchers and to continue to pursue her own research and advocacy centered on issues surrounding the military and veterans.

Learn more about Stephanie’s award here.

Marco Segura, 2020 Tillman Scholar

Santa Clara Law Magazine’s Scholarship Spotlight featured Marco Segura. Marco discussed his desire to attend law school, his inspirations and how his service in the Navy has impacted his life.

As part of a handful of enlisted active duty sailors in law school, he considers himself an accessible legal advisor to his fellow sailors. A trusted serviceman first and respected future lawyer second, Marco has seen firsthand how legal wisdom can positively impact his community.

Read Marco’s feature here.

Adiba Hassan, 2020 Tillman Scholar

Adiba participated in a virtual “Epi Slam” contest held by the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, where she presented research to a lay audience in three min with three slides. She presented her research on HIV prevention and finished second.

With a goal to improve health and security, she has dedicated her career in public health, working with vulnerable populations from the prisons of Malaysia to maternal health programs in the slums of Bangladesh to HIV prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa. In the U.S., her research focuses on populations affected by HIV/AIDS, publishing scientific manuscripts to guide public health interventions in slowing down and ultimately ending the HIV epidemic.

View Adiba’s entry here.

Heather King, 2013 Tillman Scholar

Heather King joined the Youtube series VeteranTrashTalk to discuss being a Tillman Scholar, her experience as part of the Tillman Scholar community, and her service in the Air Force.

The Air Force’s core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do laid a strong foundation for Heather after the military. Heather’s love of storytelling and service has led her to undertake several different roles where she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of service members, Veterans, and their families. Her current endeavors utilize her communication skills to shape addiction and treatment policy in a corporate setting.

Listen to Heather’s interview here.