The Pat Tillman Foundation has chosen the University of Minnesota as one of three new University Partners in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides educational scholarships for veteran and active servicemembers and their spouses.
The University of Minnesota, Arizona State University and Eastern Kentucky University are the new Tillman Military Scholar University Partners for the 2012/2013 academic year, joining 11 returning partners nationwide.
With its selection, the University of Minnesota is recognized by the Pat Tillman Foundation as being among the nation's leaders in support services for student veterans, active servicemembers and their spouses on campus.
"We are honored by our selection as a University Partner for the Tillman Military Scholars program," said Sue Van Voorhis, director of Academic Support Resources. "Ensuring access to a university education for the men and women who serve our country is critical, and the financial assistance provided by this program is invaluable to that endeavor."
In 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program, dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for servicemembers and their spouses by filling financial gaps in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The program covers not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs including housing and childcare.
Over the past three years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has awarded more than $2.2 million in scholarship funds to 171 Tillman Military Scholars pursuing education at every level from freshmen undergraduates to doctoral degrees.
Along with its fellow University Partners, the University of Minnesota will help identify and select final candidates during the screening process.
The application to become a Tillman Military Scholar opens on Monday, February 13. To learn more about eligibility and criteria, visit: www.pattillmanfoundation.org/tillman-military-scholars/apply/. University Veterans Services will offer assistance in the application process.