Funding: Tillman Military Scholars Program

Application opens Feb. 3! Applications due March 3!

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

Each year, the Pat Tillman Foundation selects up to 60 Tillman Scholars: military veterans and spouses who embody Pat’s unwavering commitment to service, learning and action. The scholars chosen demonstrate clear academic and career goals, extraordinary 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. Students from all fields are eligible to apply. The scholarship is not a gift; it’s an investment in excellence and potential. Scholars receive the benefits of leadership development and a community of peers and mentors to help them reach their fullest potential as leaders.

Since its inception, 347 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide have been awarded over $6 million. This year, 60 new Tillman Military Scholars join Current and Network Tillman Military Scholars both online and in‐person at the annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit and subsequent regional gatherings throughout the U.S., as well as at Pat’s Run each April.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Veteran and active-duty military service members
    • Honorably discharged of pre-and post-9/11 service
    • 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 post-graduate degree
    • At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse
  • Record of personal achievement
  • Demonstration of service to others in the community
  • Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community
  • Leadership potential
  • Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

Please visit for complete details and online application beginning Feb. 3. Attached, please also find a program description and answers to frequently asked questions.

UW is a TMS University Partner. Information for UW applicants is at, including tips for creating competitive applications.

Several UW advisers are available to assist students in applying for the Tillman Scholarship. Take advantage of these advisers for feedback on application drafts!

UW contacts for application assistance:
UW-Seattle Undergraduate applicants:
Robin Chang, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall, 206-543-2603

UW-Seattle Graduate & Professional applicants:
Marilyn Gray, Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards
G-1 Communications, 206-543-7152

UW-Bothell applicants:
Erin Hitzemann
Merit Scholarships
UW1-186, 425-352-3667

UW-Tacoma applicants:
Cindy Schaarschmidt
Student Fellowships & Awards
Mattress Factory, 253-692-4358

UW Veterans Services Contacts:

Tim Wold, Director, Veterans Center
520 Schmitz Hall, 206-685-2065

Rosa Lundborg
Manager, Veterans Services & Disability Resources for Students
UW1-170, 425-352-5307

Wanda Curtis
Coordinator of Educational Partnerships and Benefits Advisor- Office of Veteran and Military Services
MAT 206, 253-692-4810

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