Veterans Scholar Program 

Veterans Scholar Programs 2019

The Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Public Service Academy are both committed to providing you with an empowering environment for your academic success. That’s the goal of the Veterans Scholar Program, designed to enhance the academic, professional and civic impact of student veterans at ASU. Do you have an excellence mindset and the desire to elevate yourself professionally and civically?

Do you have an excellence mindset? Are you up for the challenge?

The 2021-2022 application is closed.

Read more about the program

Student veterans seeking to boost their academics and career prospects are needed for a new scholar program.

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Upcoming events

Sept 17, 2021
Fall Leadership Seminar

Nov 4, 2021
Hamilton Dinner

Program details

Fall 2021

Date Event Location
Aug. 27 Application deadline  
Sept. 7 Cohort announced  
Sept. 17 Fall Leadership Seminar  
Nov. 4 Hamilton Dinner  
TBD Workshops  

Eligibility and commitments

The excellence mindset is a culture of constant improvement and pushing oneself beyond the minimum expectations. Military members learn this value as part of their service, and whether they demonstrate it on the physical training field, on the battlefield or in the classroom, it is what drives leadership. As a cohort member, you will be challenged to use your excellent mindset to become a better student, professional and community leader.


  • Student veteran, active duty soldier or reservist.
  • In-person or online student.
  • Sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student.
  • Full-time enrollment.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50.

Required student commitments:

  • Two leadership seminars (one per semester).
  • Two out of three workshops (per semester).
  • Presentation (one per semester).
  • Hamilton Dinner (one per semester).
  • Spring Medallion Ceremony.

Is this considered a scholarship or a club?

It is neither. The Veterans Scholar Program is a professional development and academic success program that focuses on aiding veteran students in becoming civic leaders. No monies are awarded in this program.

What is the difference between the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Veterans Scholar Program?

The PTVC serves all military, veteran and dependent students and supports their success. The VSP is a program operating out of the PTVC that focuses more on professional development and preparing cohort members for future community leadership. It is a group of student veterans seeking excellence through academic success and professional development.

Can I still be a cohort member if I can’t participate in all of the program events? Are there other ways to fill the requirements?

All cohort members must attend all required events and all requirements must be completed for specific events. Only volunteering hours may be fulfilled outside of the volunteering event hosted by Changemaker Central at ASU each semester.

What is the Hamilton Dinner?

The Hamilton Dinner is an event held at a dining hall or residence where cohort members dine with each other and discuss controversial and relevant topics in a civil manner. The topics are chosen to inspire thought and debate. This dinner allows for veterans of all backgrounds to professionally communicate different viewpoints in a safe and enjoyable setting with their peers..


  • ASU Veteran Scholars meeting

  • ASU Veteran Scholars meeting

  • ASU Veteran Scholars meeting

Learn about us

As participants of the Veterans Scholar Program, eligible student veterans in the last year or two of their degree programs are inspired to improve themselves and those around them through professional development and public service.

Vance Leland

Learn more about the program

As part of the Veterans Scholar Program, Cohort 2 member Vance Leland wrote an essay on community service. Read it below as an example of the kinds of work you'll do as a Veteran Scholar.

Read the paper

Contact us

The Veterans Scholar Program team is happy to answer any of your questions. Feel free to email us with your inquiries and we will respond promptly.