Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) following Pat’s death in April 2004 while he was serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Through the Tillman Scholars program, PTF is building the leading fellowship program for military veterans and spouses. Founded in 2008, the program supports active-duty service members, veterans and their spouses with academic scholarships, a national network and professional development opportunities, so they are empowered to make an impact at home and around the world. These Tillman Scholars are already making a difference in the fields of medicine, law, business, technology, education, the arts and more. That’s why your support for PTF is more than a gift— it’s an investment.
Tillman Scholars Program
Through the Tillman Scholars (TS) Program, the Pat Tillman Foundation is building the leading fellowship program for military veterans and spouses. Founded in 2008, the TS Program supports active-duty service members, veterans and their spouses with academic scholarships, a national network and professional development opportunities, so they are empowered to make an impact. The scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses, for scholars who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution. The scholarship is not a gift; it’s an investment in excellence and potential. Each year, PTF selects approximately 60 Tillman Scholars with high potential for impact as demonstrated through a proven track record, the pursuit of education and commitment of their resources to service beyond themselves.
Since its inception, the TS Program has evolved into a world-class community of military veterans and spouses, accepting less than 5% of applicants based exclusively on merit and potential for impact. In 2017, PTF made a $1.1 million lifetime commitment to the 2017 Class of Tillman Scholars, from a pool of approximately 2,100 applications. Overall, PTF has invested more than $15 million in academic support since 2004, and has named over 520 Tillman Scholars at over 100 academic institutions nationwide. Since 2011, Tillman Scholars have contributed over 61,000 hours of community service while enrolled in rigorous, full-time degree programs. Tillman Scholars represent all five branches of the United States military, including the National Guard and reserves, as well as military spouses.
Read our Application Flyer and explore the profiles of the Tillman Scholars to see what distinguishes our most successful applicants. The application to become a Tillman Scholar will open in February 2018 www.pattillmanfoundation.org/apply.
Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event of the Pat Tillman Foundation. Held in late April to commemorate the day Pat lost his life in Afghanistan serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Pat’s Run is a 4.2 Mile Run/Walk that winds through the streets of Tempe to Sun Devil Stadium at ASU.
From the first event held in 2005 with 5,000 participants, Pat’s Run has grown into the largest run in the nation to honor a fallen soldier and support the Tillman Scholars.
In 2017, 28,000 runners signed up to participate in the 4.2 mile Run/Walk in Tempe, AZ. Over 75 Tillman Scholars led the race corrals and rallied support for our mission. Through our partnership with the Arizona State University Alumni Association, 4.2 mile Honor Runs were held on the same day in over 30 cities across the country.
The Pat Tillman Foundation is building the leading fellowship program for military veterans and spouses. Through academic scholarships, a national network and professional development opportunities, Tillman Scholars are empowered to make an impact.