Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Tillman Scholars

About the Tillman Scholars

Created in 2008 through the Pat Tillman Foundation, the Tillman Scholars program supports U.S. active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses pursuing higher education. The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. Scholars become a part of a network of talented military leaders who will make a significant impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.

Syracuse University is honored to be a Pat Tillman Foundation University Partner. Each year, at least one student will be selected as the Syracuse University Tillman Scholar. SU applicants who are applying for funding to complete a degree at SU may apply to be an SU Tillman Scholar. SU applicants who wish to pursue graduate studies at a non-University Partner institution may also apply, though they will apply “at large” rather than through SU.

Scholars are chosen 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
– Demonstrated service to others in the community
– Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on the community
– Leadership potential
– Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

Special Location of award, if applicable: U.S. institution

Eligible applicants:

– are veterans, active-duty military service members, or current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses
– are pursuing a degree full-time (including undergraduate, graduate, or professional degrees) at a private or public US institution

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Any (undergraduate or graduate)

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

No citizenship requirement

The Tillman Scholars application process:

Visit the Pat Tillman Foundation website and open an application: . You will need to provide the following information: military service history, academic history, enrollment plans, and expected academic/living expenses for the upcoming academic year. You will also need a resume, responses to two essay questions, and a character recommendation from a third party.

Make an appointment with CFSA to discuss your resume and essay drafts before submission. Plan on revising multiple drafts!

Advising contact:

Ron Novack, Executive Director, OVMA  Email:
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