About the Pat Tillman Foundation
Pat Tillman was a professional football player for the Arizona Cardinals from 1998 to 2002; despite his success, he remained grounded and true to himself. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he put his career on hold and enlisted in the US Army alongside his brother. Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 in a friendly-fire incident that became the most widely-publicized death of the war. Shortly after his death, Tillman’s widow started the Tillman Foundation to carry forward the legacy of her husband’s life, principles, and service. The Foundation supports military service members, veterans, and spouses by giving them the educational tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders, no matter how they choose to serve.
About the Tillman Scholars Program
Tillman Scholars are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world, and are selected based on their service, scholarship, humble leadership, and impact. The program is open to veterans and active-duty service members from all branches of the military who have serviced in pre-and post-9/11 service areas, as well as their current and surviving spouses. Applicants must be full-time students pursuing a graduate degree. Primary applications consist of a current resume, two 400-word essays, financial worksheet, character recommendation, and short biography; select applicants will be asked to submit additional materials. Scholar awards can be renewed based on accountability for use of funds, proof of student status, or other criteria.
Applicants should visit the program website to learn about application materials. Once complete, applications can be submitted online by February 29, 2020.