Tillman Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $40,000
Awards Available: 60
Award Deadline: Feb 28, 2023

The Pat Tillman Foundation identifies remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses, empowering them with academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development opportunities and a diverse, global community of high-performing mentors and peers. These scholars are making an impact as they lead through action in the fields of healthcare, business, public service, STEM, education and the humanities.

WHAT MAKES A TILLMAN SCHOLAR?

Tillman Scholars have served their country and believe their best years of service are ahead of them. They are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world.

SCHOLARS ARE CHOSEN BASED ON THEIR:

Service: Dedication to service beyond self in and out of uniform

Scholarship: A lifelong learner, passionate about intellectual growth

Humble Leadership: Selflessly committed to leading by example

Impact: Determined to unite others and advance ideas that change the world

Tillman Scholars carry on Pat’s legacy and are making an impact with effects that will ripple outwards for years to come.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The Tillman Scholar program is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Veteran and active duty military service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces including the National Guard who have served in both pre-and post-9/11 eras.
  • Current Spouses of veteran or active service members, including surviving spouses

Spouses, veterans and service members who apply must be a full-time* student pursuing one of the following degrees at a public or private, U.S.-based, accredited institution for the upcoming fall/spring academic year:

  • An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s or above)
  • A graduate or professional degree
  • You do not need to be attending a University Partnered school to apply. See video in regards to the University Partnered vs At-Large process for more information.

*full-time as determined by the institution and program of study to which an applicant is applying

  • Child dependents are not eligible to apply
  • Cadets/current ROTC participants with a future service commitment are not eligible to apply
  • Although we greatly appreciate the critical service rendered by members of the U.S. Public Health Service, First Responders (to include Law Enforcement personnel), and the Intelligence Community, members of those services who are not military veterans, service members, or spouses of military veterans/service members are not eligible to apply to be Tillman Scholars
  • Scholarships are awarded for the upcoming fall/spring academic year, not the current academic year. Scholarships are not retroactive for completed courses.

Strong applicants for this military scholarship demonstrate clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential and a deep desire to create positive change. They believe their best years of service to our country are still ahead of them, and they are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world.

APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Current resume
  • Two 400-word essay questions
  • Character recommendation from a third party
    • Please note, this is not a letter of recommendation. This third party will answer specific questions through our application tool.
  • A 250-word biography
  • Completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a financial worksheet that includes current budget of all expenses and incomes for household, to include all military benefits.
  • Completed Student Aid Report (SAR) generated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Two photos from military service or with their spouse who is/was in the military
  • Proof of Military Service: most recent DD 214 (Member 4 preferred), Officer Record Brief, Enlistment Record Brief, Basic Individual Record, Personal Data Record, Performance Summary Record, or Report on Individual Personnel, Employee Summary Sheet, Single Unit Retrieval Format
  • Permission for PTF to complete a background check

CAN A TILLMAN SCHOLAR AWARD BE RENEWED?

Annual funding renewability will be considered for Tillman Scholars based on:

  • Meeting the expected graduation date
  • Proof of full-time student status and a minimum 3.0 GPA earned
  • Engagement with the Tillman Scholar community
  • Documented participation in service
  • Accountability for use of scholarship funds

Military scholarship funding can only be used toward a single, post-secondary degree.

BENEFITS OF BEING A TILLMAN SCHOLAR INCLUDE:

Military Scholarship: Assist in funding for academic expenses, including tuition, books and living expenses.

Global Community: Join a broad and diverse network of high-performing peers, mentors and industry leaders.

Lifelong Leadership Development: Opportunities to advance knowledge, skills and experience.

Tillman Scholars also receive invitations to events like the annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit in Chicago, entry to Pat’s Run, access to $1,000 mini grants to further their leadership development through training, certifications or events. We are also able to offer access to premier partner events, including SXSW, Inc. 500 / 5000, the Aspen Ideas festival and more. And we highlight your stories, studies and service efforts through our website and social media.

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