The Pat Tillman Foundation is accepting applications for the 2019 Tillman Military Scholarship program.
The application cycle opened Feb. 1 and will close at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Feb. 28.
The scholarship will pay for both academic expenses such as tuition and fees, as well as those pesky add-on costs like living expenses and books. Tillman Scholars can expect an average award of $10,000.
The Tillman scholarship is known as an "unrestricted scholarship," which means that you receive a lump-sum payment to use as necessary. It does not affect your GI Bill payment or eligibility.
The scholarship is open to active-duty members, Reserve and National Guard members, veterans, spouses and surviving spouses who are attending (or plan to attend) a U.S.-based college as a full-time student.
Pat Tillman was a football player with the Arizona Cardinals who left the NFL and enlisted in the Army after the 9/11 attacks. Following his 2004 death while serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, family and friends established a scholarship in his name at Arizona State University.
In 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation was established, and the scholarship was expanded nationwide to military members, veterans and their families.
According to the Pat Tillman Foundation, its mission is to "unite and empower remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private-sector leaders committed to service beyond self. Through the Tillman Scholars program, we are building the leading fellowship program for military veterans and spouses. Founded in 2008, the program supports active-duty service members, veterans and their spouses with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities, so they are empowered to make an impact at home and around the world."
The top programs Tillman Scholars are enrolled in include health care, business, law, STEM, public policy and more. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $16 million to 580 scholars at more than 100 universities.
Those selected to receive the scholarship are highly successful, with 98 percent of scholarship recipients graduating from college and 96 percent reporting employment within 12 months of their graduation.
To apply, you must submit:
- Documentation of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse.
- 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
Successful applicants will be selected based on service, scholarship, leadership and impact.