Tillman Scholarship

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.

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.


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.

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.