Riverton resident named as a Tillman Military Scholar

Jun 22, 2012 Staff

Three University of Wyoming students have been named Tillman Military Scholars for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Lisa Ohnstad, doctoral pharmacy/executive MBA, of Weston; Meghan Lucas, (Navy), international relations/political science, Wichita, Texas; and Robert Niezwaag, (Army), master's degree candidate in social work, Riverton.

UW is one of 14 universities serving as Tillman Military Scholar University Partners for the coming school year. University partners are selected based on their innovative service member-specific support services and proven culture of community for military families.

"I am proud of our scholars and our association as a Tillman Military Scholar Partner. No doubt our scholars will persevere in their educational endeavors and continue on to make a positive mark in their career fields," said Marty Martinez, the UW Veterans Services Center's new project coordinator. "The Tillman Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity for our veterans and military spouses."

As a university partner, each institution provides outreach services to its veteran and military dependent student population, and actively participates in the Tillman Military Scholar selection process.

After selecting scholars, each partner then supports building and strengthening of community among the students to enhance their academic and personal experiences.

Four years ago, the Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program to support educational opportunities for service members and military families by bridging the financial gaps left by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

The scholarships cover not only tuition and fees, but also areas such as housing and child care.

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