Basic Organization Information
PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION
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B Educational Institutions
B82 Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards
W Public, Society Benefit
W30 Military/Veterans' Organizations
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
Individual and Corporate donations
After Pat Tillman's death while serving in Afghanistan, family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2004 to honor his legacy and commitment to country. Today, through the Tillman Military Scholars program, the Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships—building a diverse community of leaders committed to serving others. To date, the Foundation has awarded $4.1 million in scholarship funds to 290 Tillman Military Scholars pursuing education at every level from freshmen undergraduates to Ph.D. candidates. Overall, our Scholars represent 90 different academic institutions nationwide. Our mission is to encourage and empower Tillman Military Scholars to make a sustainable impact globally and in their local communities, while increasing awareness of the unique issues facing veterans and military families today.
In 2004 in response to the nationwide outpouring of support following Pat’s death, together with family and friends, Marie established the Pat Tillman Foundation. Actively involved since its inception, first as a member of the Foundation’s board of directors and now as President, Marie led the effort to redefine the Foundations’ mission in 2008 by developing a major initiative – the Tillman Military Scholars program. This program aims to create the next generation of leaders by helping a select group of veterans, active servicemembers and their spouses fulfill their academic dreams.
A native of San Jose, California, Marie graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and early in her career worked in marketing and production at The Arizona Republic and ESPN before leaving to focus full time on philanthropy.
Marie is passionate about not only supporting veterans but shares her story to encourage all young people to get involved in serving their communities. She has been a featured speaker at the United States Air Force Academy Center for Character Development, University Of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Harvard Kennedy School and Clinton Global Initiative University.
Marie is also a writer and has contributed to a variety of projects. Her memoir about love, loss and life, entitled The Letter will be released in June 2012 by Grand Central Publishing.
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Tillman Military Scholars
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Following the outpouring of donations in the wake of Pat’s death, the Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars Program in 2008. The Tillman Military Scholars program provides educational scholarships for service members and their spouses by filling financial gaps not covered by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. Military families face numerous challenges during the transition from military to civilian life and have unique needs that often prevent successfully completing a degree. The Tillman Military Scholarship not only covers traditional study-related expenses such as tuition and books, but also other needs, including but not limited to housing, transportation and childcare. Most importantly: The Tillman Military Scholarship is not a gift; it’s an investment in excellence and potential. Currently, 290 Tillman Military Scholars attending over 90 different universities nationwide have been awarded nearly $4.1 million in scholarships to date.
60 scholarships are awarded annually and the average scholarship is $8-10,000 / year (renewable throughout the academic program).
Program Long-Term Success:
Major Goals over the next 12 months
i. Increase the number of Tillman Military Scholarships awarded annually from 60 to 75
ii. Increase the average award amount from $10,000 per Scholar per year to $12,000
iii. Achieve 100% Graduation Rates among Tillman Military Scholars
iv. Provide more community and networking opportunities that will translate into an increase in quality career opportunities
v. Achieve 100% Employment Rates among graduates
Program Short-Term Success:
i. 98% (42/43 Scholars eligible for renewal met or exceeded 3.0 GPA credit hours, service hours, and Tillman Community engagement requirements)
ii. $1.4M in Scholarships awarded in June 2013
iii. 93% Graduation rate for 2013 (53/59, 7% pushed back their graduation date one year)
iv. 75% of TMS 2013 graduates have secured meaningful employment (14% of the 75% have returned to military service), 16% of TMS 2013 graduates are pursuing a higher degree, 9% of TMS 2013 graduates are still looking or in the process of securing meaningful employment.
v. 4,736 hours of community service were report for the 2012-13 academic year. TMS served across areas in mentorship, healthcare, veteran support, environmental sustainability, mental health, etc.
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The Pat Tillman Foundation is committed to the continued investment of the Tillman Military Scholars provided they uphold the standards of excellence we set. These standards include: 3.0 Cumulative GPA; full-time credit hours; completion of studies/degree requirements; consistent community engagement through volunteer projects and community activities; financial responsibility; and academic and moral integrity.
Program Success Examples:
Jessie Tseng (Army – 2012) from San Francisco, CA is in her second and final year of her Master of Public Administration program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Last semester, she was elected as President for the SIPA Veterans Association and Co-President of Taiwan Focus, both for a one year term. This summer she went to Jordan as part of a research consulting team for USAID and Mercy Corps. Due to the severe water scarcity issues in Jordan, her team analyzed water resource management programs for Jordanian host-communities to find ways to help them better adapt to the Syrian refugee influx.
Brian Loftus (Air Force – Class of 2012) from San Jose, CA is in his third and final year of law school at the University of Oregon School of Law. Brian is finishing school as a visiting student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA. This summer Brian worked as a law clerk for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in Oakland, CA. He successfully argued several motions and prepared and argued a misdemeanor jury trial. Brian was also selected as a research assistant where he contributed to an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court discussing the conflicts between the Federal Arbitration Act and state arbitration laws. Captain Loftus was selected for command in the Air Force Reserves and will assume command of the 419th Security Forces Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah in September.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Since the Foundation’s inception more than $9M in educational support has been invested in individuals committed to a life of service both in and out of uniform, including nearly $4.1 million awarded in direct Scholarship funding to 290 Tillman Military Scholar nationwide. The funding and resources we’ve provided have empowered our Scholars to achieve their educational goals, secure meaningful employment, impact their local communities through community service work, lead and thrive as they transition from military to civilian life.