Tillman Military Scholarships Applications

The Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholars program application period has opened and is accepting applications until 6 March 2014.  While only six years old, the Tillman Military Scholars Program has provided over $4.1 million in scholarships to 290 recipients.


This scholarship is only available to currently serving members, veterans, and the spouses of currently serving and veterans.  Students must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree as a full-time student, and must be attending a school based in the United States.  Distance learners and online programs are eligible if they are full-time programs.


The applicants are evaluated on the following criteria, per the website:

  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse
  • 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


It’s a very generous scholarship with no specific dollar amount.  The foundation considers the family’s overall financial picture and awards an amount that can be used for tuition, fees, books, transportation and reasonable living expenses.  Average awards are $11,000 per scholar, per year.

In addition to the financial benefits, the Tillman Foundation supports it scholars through a wide variety of opportunities including invitations to attend a wide variety of leadership and military student conferences and events.  It sounds like you would gain a lot of valuable contacts from the various events that the Tillman Foundation supports.


The scholarship may be renewed each year provided the scholar:

  • maintains a 3.0 grade point average,
  • continue on pace to graduate on time,
  • maintains full-time status,
  • participates in community service,
  • participates in Tillman Foundation events in their area, and
  • documents appropriate use of prior funds.

The application closes on 6 March 2014.  Don’t delay in applying for this generous scholarship!

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • What a fine way to honor Pat Tillman’s life. He was a scholar and star football player. On several occasions after football practice, Pat pursued scholarly subjects with others. He was a budding star in the NFL and traded football for Ranger Tabs. It was not for glory, but he had a conviction to do his “fair share” for the country. He was driven by the purity of intentions, and recipients of this scholarship should emulate Pat Tillman values.

  • vnoifvet

    Why not extend the eligibility to the Veteran’s Children; never mind their spouses, the spouses once they get their diploma/degree, spouses end up divorcing after they enjoy this benefits. Kids most of the time cannot afford to go to college.

    • Kate

      Dear vnoifvet, Wow! I am sorry that you’ve had a bad experience. The Tillman Scholarship program works with a variety of other scholarship programs to ensure that all military populations have access to scholarship opportunities. Scholarships specifically for military children include the Scholarships for Military Children (http://militaryscholar.org/sfmc/), the Heroes Legacy Scholarship, AMVETS Scholarship (http://amvetsnsf.org/scholarships.html), and literally hundreds of other sources.