Tillman Foundation Scholarship
USF is one of only 16 universities in the nation selected by the Pat Tillman Foundation as a Partnership University. This means that our student veterans and dependents only compete against partnership school applicants to be named a Tillman Military Scholar and receive a generous scholarship. USF has averaged three scholarships per year, although we have received as many as four. Currently, we have had fourteen Tillman scholars with some students receiving as much as $40,000 over a four year period.
If you are interested in applying, the application period is 2/1/16 - 3/1/16. Our office will send out notices via email to student veterans on our mail list. Our office also has two info sessions in January on how to apply for the scholarship.
Who is eligible for this scholarship?
- Veteran and active duty military servicemembers from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, including service in the National Guard and Reserve.
- Spouses of active or veteran servicemembers, including surviving spouses.
- Servicemember or spouse seeking assistance to pursue an undergraduate (Bachelor's), graduate, or post-graduate degree as a full-time student at a public or private U.S.-based accredited institution.
What specific criteria will be 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
What do I need to submit with my application?
- The application will require responses to two essay questions. Prepare your responses and copy and paste them into the online application. Each response must be no more than 400 words. Visit the Pat Tillman Foundation official website to view the questions.
The following documents will need to be uploaded in a digital file format:
- Documentation of military service (only DD 214 or a personal service record, i.e. Officer Record Brief, Enlistment Record Brief, Basic Individual Record, Personal Data Record, Performance Summary Record, Report on Individual Personnel will be accepted)
- Résumé (including education, work, public service history, recognitions and awards earned)
How much is the award amount if I am chosen as a Tillman Military Scholar?
- Each award amount is determined on a case by case basis and is intended to meet each applicant's unique need. The exact amount will be based on individual financial need and the strength of application in comparison to the overall pool. On average for this year, award funds will be $11,000 per scholar per year.