Tillman Scholars Program

Army National Guard: State Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

Pat Tillman, in response to the attacks of September 11th, left a distinguished NFL career to serve as a U.S. Army Ranger with 75th Ranger Regiment in Iraq and then Afghanistan, where he was killed in 2004. The Pat Tillman Foundation was established by friends and Family to honor Pat's legacy and his commitment to service, learning and action.

The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) invests in military Veterans and Spouses through academic scholarships- building a diverse group of leaders who are committed to service to others. Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars (TS) Program supports our nation's active-duty Service members, Veterans and military Spouses. The scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend, for scholars who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution. Each year, Pat Tillman Foundation selects up to 60 Tillman Scholars who embody Pat's commitment to service, learning and action. The Scholars chosen demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential and a deep desire to create positive change through their work in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts. The scholarship is not a gift; it's an investment in excellence and potential.

Since its inception, the Tillman Scholars Program has evolved into a world-class community of military Veterans and Spouses. Selection of each year's class is a rigorous, three-month process conducted by regional committees. In 2019, Pat Tillman Foundation made a $1.2 million lifetime commitment to the 2019 Class of Tillman Scholars. Overall, Pat Tillman Foundation has invested more than $18 million in academic support since 2004, and has named 635 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 academic institutions nationwide.

Selection as a Tillman Scholar includes much more than financial support. Pat Tillman made his mark as a husband, teammate, Soldier, and brother. He believed we should always strive to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. As part of the Tillman Scholars Program, Scholars benefit from leadership development and a community of mentors to help them reach their fullest potential as leaders, so they too can make their mark on society.

Eligibility

The following candidates may apply to become a Tillman Scholar:

  • Veteran and active-duty military Service members

    • Pre-and post-9/11 service eras

    • 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 professional degree

    • At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

*Full-time as determined by your institution and program of study

Criteria:

Tillman Scholars are selected on the following basis.

  • Demonstration of service to others

  • Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community

  • Academic and career ambitions

  • Record of military service and/or community impact as a military Spouse

  • Record of personal achievement

  • Demonstrated leadership and leadership potential

  • Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

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

Apply:

Pat Tillman Foundation will accept online applications for the Tillman Scholarship covering the 2019-2020 academic year during February 2020. The application will be available on the Pat Tillman Foundation website .

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 (please block out your SSN). 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.

  • Responses to (2) essay questions exploring the following areas: military and public service motivation and experiences; and educational, career and service ambitions.

  • Character recommendation from a third-party

  • If an applicant progresses, applicants will be prompted to submit the following additional information in April: a 250 word bio, student aid report from FAFSA; (2) photos from military service or with your Spouse; institutional financial aid award letter; and completion of a background check. Please download our background check policy here .

All Tillman 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 Tillman Scholars based on:

  • Meeting expected graduation date

  • Proof of full-time student status and minimum 3.0 GPA earned

  • Tillman Scholar community engagement

  • 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 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.

Benefit Highlights

Each award amount is determined on an individual basis and is intended to meet each Scholar's unique need. The exact amount will be based on individual financial need and the strength of application in comparison to the overall pool.

In addition to educational scholarships, Tillman Scholars receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Tillman Scholar Community and leadership opportunities within the network

  • Invitation to the annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL

  • Entry to the annual Pat’s Run in Tempe, AZ, or Shadow Runs nationwide

  • Access to mini-grants to attend professional development opportunities (conferences, workshops, and trainings)

  • Invitation to premier partner conferences including Inc. 500/5000

  • Access to Veteran affinity groups and talent acquisition networks at top companies across the U.S.

  • Participation in groundbreaking research studies in the Veterans and military community

  • Opportunities to meet and volunteer with Veteran partner organizations including Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, and Team RWB

  • Highlights of your stories, studies and service efforts on the Pat Tillman Foundation website and social media

Additional Information

Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholar Program page:
https://pattillmanfoundation.org/

https://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/

Tillman Scholars Program on the VA Education resources Website:
https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/non_va_resources.asp

Questions about applying to the Tillman Scholars Program? Please contact:
scholarships@pattillmanfoundation.org

Document Review Date: 30 September 2019