AUGUSTA, Ga.– U.S. Army Veteran and Georgia Regents University student Adrienne Kambouris has been named a 2014 Tillman Military Scholar. Kambouris is one of 58 selected from over 7,500 applicants and the second student in the University System of Georgia to receive the prestigious award.
The Pat Tillman Foundation created the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 to honor the legacy of Pat Tillman, a former NFL player who left his career to enlist in the U.S. Army after 9/11. Tillman served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan before being killed in active service in 2004.
The program supports active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses through educational scholarships. As a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Tillman Military Scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, for full-time students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degrees at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution.
“With so many applying for this highly competitive scholarship, I am deeply honored to have been chosen and forever grateful to have an opportunity to share in Pat Tillman’s legacy,” said Kambouris.
Kambouris joined the Army at the age of 17 and separated from the service as a staff sergeant 10 years later to pursue her dreams of attending college. Although she knew this decision would affect her family financially, Kambouris says she is grateful this scholarship will help offset the expenses for school.
“I am a planner, and my husband and I had already moved into a smaller house to accommodate our new life,” said Kambouris. “However, I am willing to make the sacrifice and this scholarship will help us overcome many of these challenges because my children’s future is connected to what I do in school.”
Kambouris is a cell and molecular biology major at GRU, and she plans to attend the Uniform Services University of Health Sciences to become a medical doctor with specializations in obstetrics and psychology.
In her spare time, she shadows a family practice physician at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon. Kambouris, a wife of a warrant officer and mother of three, also volunteers in her church’s youth ministry and serves as a math and science tutor in GRU’s Military Resource Center. When she is at home in Maryland for holidays, she gives of her time to box gifts and food packages for a local boys’ home.