Nearly 13 years ago, friends and family of Pat Tillman established the Pat Tillman Foundation in honor of their loved one: a pro-football player who walked away from the NFL to follow a greater calling and was killed in Afghanistan in April 2004. Today, the Tillman Scholars program unites the best talent and leadership from the military to continue making a significant, positive impact for our country and communities and carries on Pat’s legacy of service, learning, and action.

The Pat Tillman Foundation annually awards scholarships to up to 60 military Veterans and spouses though the Tillman Scholars program and is accepting applications through Wednesday, March 1 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Academic awards vary on each individual’s unique financial need, and the average annual award is expected to be $10,000 in 2017. It’s not too late to apply!

Of the 60 Tillman Scholars chosen annually, each has a goal, determination, and drive that sets them apart. We welcome applicants who not only share Pat’s core values, strength of character and commitment to service in and out of uniform, but also demonstrate tenacity for life and the potential to go out into the world and change it. To explore the profiles of current Tillman Scholars and see what distinguishes our most successful applicants, visit our scholars page.

Read on to discover five facts that you may not have known about Pat and the Tillman Scholars program:

The Arizona Cardinals selected Pat in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Despite skepticism