U.S. Army veterans will begin their studies at Georgetown’s School of Medicine and Law Center as prestigious 2016 Tillman Scholars.
— U.S. Army veterans Jeremy Marx, an incoming student at Georgetown’s School of Medicine, and Ashley Nicolas, an incoming Georgetown Law student, have been selected as 2016 Tillman Scholars.
This year’s Tillman Scholars, announced this week by the Pat Tillman Foundation, are selected in recognition of their military service, leadership and academic excellence. Founded in 2008, the Tillman program for U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses is designed to “build a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.”
The scholarship Marx of Dallas and Nicolas of Baldwinsville, New York, received is named for Patrick Tillman, who served the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004, when he was killed in action.
Before his service, Tillman played NFL football with the Arizona Cardinals, a career he put on hold after the events of 9/11 to serve his country.
Marx, Nicolas and the other 58 members of the newly selected Tillman Scholars class will receive more than $1.8 million in scholarships to pursue their higher education goals. The scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses.
Marie Tillman, Patrick Tillman’s wife and president and co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation, says “each Tillman Scholar named has demonstrated a unique perseverance and dedication to empower others around them.”
“In Pat’s spirit of service, we are proud to unite and support them as leaders for our country both at home and abroad,” she says.
For its strong support for military veterans and spouses, Georgetown is a designated Pat Tillman Foundation “partner.” The university serves military connected students as they apply to, attend and advance beyond Georgetown through its Georgetown University’s Veterans Office.