UW Graduate School

Tillman Military Scholars

Award Information

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in active and veteran military service members and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. This is accomplished with the Tillman Military Scholars (TMS) program, which aims to identify high-impact active or veteran service members and their spouses and invest in their higher education, covering the needs left unpaid for by the GI Bill and other government support.

The scholarship funds awarded are just a portion of the TMS experience which also focuses on guiding an engaged community and providing essential resources that empower scholars to serve and lead in their local communities and ease the transition from military to civilian life.


  • 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 the 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 post-graduate degree
    • Public or private U.S.-based accredited institution

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • 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

Application Process

Apply directly through the Tillman Foundation website. The online application typically opens in February each year, with a deadline in early March.

In order to best prepare for completing the application, have the following information available during the process: military service history, academic history, enrollment plans, and expected academic/living expenses and income for the upcoming academic year. All Tillman Scholar applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for funding.

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Application Support

Graduate and professional students and alumni from UW Seattle can contact the Office of Fellowships and Awards in The Graduate School (G-1 Communications Building): gradappt@uw.edu, 206.543.7152

Undergraduate students from UW Seattle (and recent bachelor’s degree graduates of the UW) can contact the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards (171 Mary Gates Hall): Robin Chang, scholarq@uw.edu, 206.543.4282

UW Bothell students of all levels can contact the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards (Student Success Center UW1-160): Natalia Dyba, uwbms@uw.edu, 425.352.3667

UW Tacoma students of all levels can contact the Office of Student Fellowships & Awards (Garretson Woodruff & Pratt 102): Cindy Schaarschmidt, tscholar@uw.edu, 253.692.4358