Tillman Scholars

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 assists with educational expenses including tuition and fees, books, and living expenses. Tillman Scholars can expect an average award of $10,000. 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

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

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Tillman Scholars application process:

Review the information on eligibility requirements on scholarship website to determine if you are eligible to apply.
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 need to decide whether you want to apply to be an SU scholar or “at-large”.

Contact CFSA and the SU Office of Veteran and Military Affairs to discuss your interest and plans to apply.

The application opens online February 1.

Application components include:
– documentation of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse
– Resume
– Responses to two essay questions
– Character recommendation from a third party
– 250 word biography

The application deadline is February 28.

Interested? Contact CFSA or OVMA for information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Ron Novack, Executive Director, OVMA  Email:  jrnovack@syr.edu More Information:  http://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/

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