Veterans Scholar Program

 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?

Upcoming events

Jan. 31, 2020
Leadership seminar

Feb. 21, 2020
Hamilton Dinner

Mar. 1, 2020
2020–2021 application cycle opening

Program details

Date Event Location
June 2019–2020 application cycle opening N/A
Aug. 29 Informational breakfast Pat Tillman Veterans Center
Sept. 15 Application deadline N/A
Sept. 15 Cohort announcement N/A
Sept. 27 Fall leadership seminar Memorial Union
Oct. 18 Fall Hamilton Dinner TBD
Late Oct. Various workshops TBD
Nov. 9 Salute to Service football game Sun Devil Stadium
Nov. 17 Day of Service Papago Park
Jan. 31 Spring leadership seminar TBD
Feb. 21 Spring Hamilton Dinner TBD
March 1 2020–2021 application cycle opening N/A
March 27–28 Cohort retreat Camp Tontozona
April 7 Devils in Disguise service day TBD
May 9 Graduation TBD

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 local online student.
  • Junior, senior or graduate student.
  • Full-time enrollment.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50.

Required student commitments:

  • Two leadership seminars (one per semester).
  • Two academic workshops (one per semester).
  • Two professional development workshops (one per semester).
  • Eight hours of community service (four per semester).
  • One Hamilton Dinner.
  • Spring graduation ceremony.

Is this considered a scholarship or a club?

It is neither. The Veterans Scholar Program is a professional development and academic success program. No monies are awarded in this program.

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

The VSP is a program that focuses more on professional development and preparing cohort members for future community leadership. Moreover, it takes into consideration the needs of the cohort and builds content to address them. The Pat Tillman Veterans Center serves all military, veteran and dependent students and supports their success.

Can I still be a cohort member if I can’t participate in all of the program events?

All cohort members must attend all required events.

What are the required events?

Two leadership seminars, two academic workshops, and two professional workshops (one per semester); four hours of community service per semester; a Hamilton Dinner; and the spring graduation ceremony.

What is a Hamilton Dinner?

A 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.


  • 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.

ASU's Michael Crow

Read more about the program

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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.