Pat Tillman Foundation awards 60 scholarships

Pat Tillman (Photo by Gene Lower/Getty Images)

The Pat Tillman Foundation is awarding scholarships to 60 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses.

In recognition of their service and leadership potential, the Tillman Scholars will receive scholarship funding to pursue higher education and continue their service in the fields of health care, business, law, public service, STEM education and overall education, and the humanities.

In 2002, Tillman put on hold his NFL career as a safety with the Arizona Cardinals to serve in the U.S. military. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following his death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Tillman Scholars was begun in 2008.

The foundation unites and empowers military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The fellowship program offers academic scholarships and professional development opportunities.

To date, the foundation has invested more than $20 million in scholar support and given awards to nearly 700 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 academic institutions nationwide.

“Our newest Tillman Scholars join a community committed to leadership through action," said Dan Futrell, CEO of the foundation. "In these turbulent times, values-based leadership is needed more than ever. These 60 men and women exhibited that leadership throughout their military service and show incredible potential.”