Tillman Military Scholars Program

PURPOSE:  The Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran service members and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice.

AWARD:  The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care. 

Annual renewability will be considered for most scholarships based on expected graduation date, proof of full-time student status, minimum 3.0 GPA earned, Tillman Community engagement (virtually and in-person), documented participation in service, accountability for use of scholarship funds and completion of Foundation surveys. All criteria must be met in order to be renewed. Review of renewal status is conducted each June by the Pat Tillman Foundation.

NUMBER OFFERED:  230 given since 2008—2009: 52;   2010: 59;   2011: 60;   2012: 59
SUBJECT:  any discipline   

TENABLE AT:  public or private four-year US-based accredited institutions


Veteran and active-duty military service members and spouses seeing assistance to pursue an undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate degree as a full-time student.  Specific criteria considered for selecting Tillman Military Scholars:

  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of military service (or service as a spouse); motivation for serving
  • 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   


Final deadline March TBA; external deadlines are also listed on program websites.

Lisa Gates, Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

Tillman Military Scholars Program