Tillman Military Scholars Program

The Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree 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.

Since the program’s inception, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested over $2.2 million in financial support. These scholarship funds are just a portion of the Tillman Military Scholar experience which also focuses on guiding an engaged community and providing essential resources that enable Scholars to serve and lead in their local communities.

A portion of all Tillman Military Scholars are selected in cooperation with 14 University Partner institutions leading the way in military support services on their campuses. Eastern Kentucky University is one of those University Partners selected to create a community of Tillman Military Scholars.

How to Apply

All applications will be submitted through the Pat Tillman Foundation website.  A committee formed by EKU's Director of Military and Veterans Affairs will review all applications and will recommend the highest scoring applicants to the Pat Tillman Foundation for scholarship consideration. The final selection will be made by the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Who is eligible to apply for a Tillman Military Scholarship?

  • Veteran and active servicemembers of both pre- and post-9/11 service
  • Servicemembers who wish to start, finish or further their education
  • Those enrolled as a full-time student at an American institution of higher learning
  • Servicemembers of all branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve
  • Servicemembers pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degrees, at 4-year public or private institutions

What criteria will be considered for selecting Tillman Military Scholars ?

  • 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 enrollment plans and expected academic/living expenses and income for the upcoming academic year.

The application will require responses to two (2) 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 (only DD214 or a personal service record, i.e. Officer Record Brief, Enlistment Record Brief, Basic Individual Record, Personal Data Record, Performance Summary Record will be accepted)
  • Resume (including education, work, public service history, recognitions and awards earned)

 In addition to the documents requested above, semifinalists will be notified and asked to provide the following:

  • Financial aid award letter from institution
  • Student Aid Report (SAR), summary from the FAFSA website
  • Photo highlighting your or your spouse’s military service

             Application Open Date: January 14, 2013
             Application Closing Date: February 15, 2013