Pat Tillman Foundation

WHAT IS IT?

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Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has invested over $4.6 million in scholarships for 290 scholars nationwide.

The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend. But scholars receive much more than just funding. Our program unites the best talent and leadership in the military to make a significant, positive impact on our country and our local communities.

The scholars chosen reflect Pat’s values, strength of character and commitment to service. They demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential and a deep desire to impact change through their studies in the fields of medicine, law, business, government, education and the arts.

APPLICATION PROCESS

WHO CAN APPLY TO BECOME A TILLMAN MILITARY SCHOLAR

Veteran and active-duty military service members

  • Honorably discharged of pre-and post-9/11 service
  • From all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve

Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members

  • Including surviving spouses

Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time student:

  • Undergraduate (Bachelor’s or above)
  • Graduate or post-graduate degree
  • At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

ON WHAT BASIS ARE TILLMAN MILITARY SCHOLARS SELECTED?

  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse
  • Record of personal achievement
  • Demonstration of service to others in the community
  • Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community
  • Leadership potential
  • Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

ABOUT THE APPLICATION

In order to best prepare for completing the application, please have the following information available during the process: military service history, educational history, enrollment plans, and expected academic/living expenses and income for the upcoming academic year.

The following documents will need to be uploaded in a digital file format:

  • Documentation of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse. All discharged service members must provide their most recent DD-214. Active Reservist or National Guard applicants may provide alternate military service verification forms. Note: all submitted military service verification forms will undergo validation.
  • Résumé including education, work, public service history, recognitions and awards earned.
  • The application will require responses to two essays exploring the following areas: military and public service motivation and experiences; and educational, career and service ambitions.

All Tillman Military Scholar applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for funding.

ANNUAL FUNDING RENEWABILITY WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR MOST SCHOLARS BASED ON:

  • Meeting expected graduation date
  • Proof of full-time student status and minimum 3.0 GPA earned
  • Tillman Community engagement as a thought leader
  • Documented participation in service
  • Accountability for use of scholarship funds

All criteria must be met in order to be renewed. Review of renewal status is conducted each June by the Foundation.

Students who have to extend their expected graduation date must provide proof of extenuating circumstances.

Tillman Military Scholars are expected to maintain full-time enrollment in a U.S. accredited institution unless they are assuming part-time status during the semester they will graduate.

Scholarship funding can only be used toward a single post-secondary degree.