College of Law Welcomes Tillman Scholar Robin Evans to the Class of 2021
Robin Evans, a 2018 Tillman Scholar, will matriculate at the College of Law this fall with the Class of 2021. Evans, soon to retire as a lieutenant colonel in the US Army with 22 years of military experience, is the first Tillman Scholar at the College of Law.
“While stationed in the Washington, DC, area I met a Syracuse University graduate, Dr. Daryll Dykes ‘88, who spoke very highly of the University,” says Evans. “Once I examined the College, I found a great enthusiasm throughout the school and commitment to the veteran community.”
The first in her family to serve in the armed forces, Kansas-native Evans initially enlisted to repay her undergraduate student loans and planned to only serve a few years. She went onto serve as a logistician, providing fuel, food, ammunition, and maintenance support to soldiers for 22 years, through 14 relocations and multiple deployments and leadership roles.
Inspired by the adoption of her son from Ethiopia, Evans has become a passionate advocate for both domestic and international adoption reform. Evans plans to use her degree to start a nonprofit that will ensure comprehensive pre-adoption education, post-adoption support, and the necessary training for those who serve children and families to better understand the adoption and foster care experiences.
“I hope to use my voice and law degree to advocate for families, improving the adoption and foster care experience,” says Evans.
About the Pat Tillman Scholarships
In 2002, Pat Tillman was a starting safety for the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals. He put his football career on hold to serve his country and died in April 2004 while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Following his death, family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation, which invests in military veterans and their spouses through scholarship and programmatic support, and is dedicated to building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.
Founded in 2008, the program supports active-duty service members, veterans and their spouses with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities, so they are empowered to make an impact at home and around the world. The scholarship program covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses, for scholars who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degrees as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution. The selection process for the Tillman Scholars program is highly competitive.
Each year, the foundation collaborates with 15 University Partners to identify and select qualified applicants on their campuses for the Tillman Scholar screening process. Now in its second year as a University partner, Syracuse University was selected for its innovative veteran services, a strong culture of support for military veterans and spouses and its rigorous academic programs.