Kat Steele, the Technology Education teacher at Desert View Academy, located in Yuma, was named as one of the recipients of the prestigious Tillman Military Scholars award.
As a military spouse, mother and teacher who has served in K-12 school systems across 8 states, Kat has a unique vision for a system of charter schools located near active duty military bases to better support military dependents.
Now pursuing her Master of Education at George Washington University, she wants to design and create a replicable, standardized, and quality education system for military families.
Marie Tillman, President and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation, today announced the names of the 59 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses chosen as 2014 Tillman Military Scholars.
In recognition of their service, leadership and academic excellence, the newly selected class will receive $1.4 million in scholarships to pursue their higher education and continue their service in the fields of medicine, law, business, government, education, technology and the arts.
After an extensive selection process, the scholars named were chosen from over 7,500 interested applicants, and they will represent 39 Universities and colleges nationwide.
“The Tillman Military Scholarship is not a gift; it is an investment in excellence and potential,” said Marie Tillman, President and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “Pat lived his life with a passion for learning and action – he didn’t sit on the sidelines. The Tillman Military Scholars selected embody the same ideals that he lived by every day. Through our mission, we are proud to support and empower these outstanding leaders as they pursue their educational goals and strive to impact significant, positive change for our country and communities after their military service.”