Apply to be a Tillman Scholar


Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has named over 400 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 institutions nationwide.

  • Applications to become a 2016 Tillman Scholar have closed.

  • Applications to become a 2017 Tillman Scholar will open in February 2017.

The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. But scholars receive much more than just funding. Our program unites the best talent and leadership in the military to make a significant impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts. Read our Application One Pager and explore the profiles of the Tillman Scholars to see what distinguishes our most successful applicants. Questions? Review the FAQs.


Each class of Tillman Scholars exemplifies strong leadership potential and a drive to make a positive impact on our communities and country.

The following candidates may apply to become a Tillman Scholar:

  • Veteran and active-duty military service members

    • Honorably discharged of pre-and post-9/11 service

    • From all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve

  • Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses

  • Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time* student:

    • Undergraduate (Bachelor’s or above)

    • Graduate or professional degree

    • At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

*Full-time as determined by your institution and program of study


On what basis are Tillman Scholars selected?

  • 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

Apply to be a Tillman Scholar

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