OU student Ashley La Rue was one of 60 U.S. servicemembers, veterans and military spouses to be chosen as a 2016 Tillman Scholar. The announcement came from Marie Tillman, president and co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation, in June 2016.
The scholars are selected in recognition of their military service, leadership and academic excellence, and the newly selected class received more than $1.8 million in scholarships to pursue their higher education and continue their service in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.
La Rue is a military spouse working on her Master of Arts in International Relations through the College of Professional and Continuing Studies (formerly Advanced Programs). While supporting her husband in his military career, she had the opportunity to work at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, which inspired her to obtain her advanced degree. She hopes to return to West Africa for her career, where she aspires to help individual communities obtain the tools and resources they need to thrive.
“Each Tillman Scholar named has demonstrated a unique perseverance and dedication to empower others around them,” said Tillman. “As a community of emerging leaders—now more than 460 strong—they are joining forces to tackle some of the toughest challenges that our communities face in education, healthcare, civil rights and foreign policy. In Pat’s spirit of service, we are proud to unite and support them as leaders for our country both at home and abroad.”
To date, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested nearly $14 million in academic support since 2004, and named more than 460 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 academic institutions nationwide. On July 21-24, 2016, the foundation convened the 2016 Pat Tillman Leadership Summit, bringing together new, current and alumni Tillman Scholars at Roosevelt University and VenueSIX10 in Chicago to collaborate and address some of the toughest challenges impacting the country and our communities.