U of M to partner with foundation for veteran scholarships

The Pat Tillman Foundation has chosen the University of Minnesota as a partner in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides educational scholarships for veterans, active service members and their spouses.

The U joins Arizona State University and Eastern Kentucky University as the new Tillman Military Scholar partners for the 2012/2013 academic year. There are eleven other university partners nationwide.

The foundation says it chose the University of Minnesota because of its campus support services for student veterans, active service members and their spouses.

The Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 to support educational opportunities for service members and their spouses by filling financial gaps in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The program covers direct study-related costs like tuition and fees, housing and childcare, among other expenses. Over the past three years, the 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.

Apply to become a Tillman Military Scholar beginning Monday, Feb. 13th.

Pat Tillman died in 2004 while serving with the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation in his honor.

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