Pat Tillman Military Scholars


The Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran service members and their families by removing financial barriers to completing a degree or certification program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

A limited number of applications will be accepted. Submit your application as soon as possible. An announcement will be placed on this page once the application has closed. Find information on eligibility and criteria, as well as, what you can do to prepare for applying below.


Who is eligible to apply to become a Tillman Military Scholar?

  • -Veteran and active service members of both pre- and post-9/11 service
  • -Service members who wish to start, finish or further their education
    • -----Those enrolled as a full-time student at an American institution of higher learning
    • -----Those whose benefits have expired or do not meet their needs
  • -Service members of all branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve
  • -Service members pursuing undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, 2-year, 4-year, public, private, vocational and trade degrees or certifications
  • -Dependents of service members (children between the ages of 19 and 28 and spouses)
    • -----Those whose benefits are insufficient or not transferable from their mother/father/husband/wife
    • -----Those who are survivors of a service member


What criteria will be considered for selecting Tillman Military Scholars?

  • -Unmet financial need
  • -Educational and career ambitions
  • -Record of personal achievement
  • -Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses
  • -Demonstration of service to others in the community and a desire to continue such service


Annual renewability will be considered for most scholarships based on expected graduation date, proof of full-time student status, minimum GPA earned, Tillman Community engagement and documented participation in civic action or community service. Additionally, scholarship funding can only be used toward a single degree or certification.

Necessary Preparation and Required Documents

In order to best prepare for completing the application in a timely manner, please have the following information available to consult during this process: basic contact information, military service history, educational history and fall 2011 enrollment plans and expected academic/living expenses and income for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The application will require responses to three (3) essay questions. Prepare your responses now and copy and paste them into the online application. Each response must be no more than 400 words.

The following documents will need to be uploaded in a digital (soft copy) file format:

  • -Documentation of military service (DD214 (separation documents), Officer Record Brief, Enlistment Record Brief, Basic Individual Record, NGB 23, Unit Move Orders or other documentation that verifies military service)
  • -Résumé (including education, work, public service history, recognitions and awards earned)

In addition to the documents requested above, semifinalists will need to provide the following:

  • -Financial aid award letter from institution for 2011-2012
  • -2011-2012 Student Aid Report (SAR) pages 1 & 4, summary from the FAFSA website
  • -Photo highlighting your or your family member’s military service