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IU Bloomington student Nick Marsh named 2016 Tillman Military Scholar

July 13, 2016

Sergeant Nick Marsh, an Indiana University Bloomington student, was named a 2016 Tillman Military Scholar, which recognizes the service, leadership and academic excellence of U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses.

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Sergeant Nick Marsh is a combat medic in the Indiana Army National Guard who is pursuing a master’s degree in medical physics at IU. | PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK MARSH

“I am grateful to be named a Tillman Scholar,” said Marsh, a combat medic in the Indiana Army National Guard who is pursuing a master’s degree in medical physics at IU. “Not only does it provide financial resources, but it serves as a connection to a large group of people who want to do similar things that I do.”

The nonprofit Pat Tillman Foundation formed the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 as a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Scholarships cover direct study-related expenses -- including tuition and fees, books and a living stipend -- 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 2016 class includes 60 scholars who will receive more than $1.8 million in scholarships to continue their service in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.

“Being a Tillman Scholar is a prestigious honor for a student veteran. It not only recognizes their academic achievement but also their commitment to changing the world for the better,” said John Summerlot, interim assistant director of emergency management and continuity at IU Bloomington, who will start the position of director of Veteran Support Services this month. “Nick certainly embodies this in his commitment to working with his fellow veterans to help them navigate higher education and veteran’s benefits.”

Marsh, inspired by his younger brother’s enlistment, joined the Army National Guard in 2010 while enrolled at IU Bloomington. A native of Washington, Ind., Marsh has served two tours in Afghanistan, where his mission was to support a route clearance company as a combat medic.

Losing several of his fellow service members during one of the tours led Marsh to pursue a career in helping student veterans accomplish their goals. Marsh is involved in IU’s Student Veterans of America, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education, the Medical and Biological Physics Student Organization and American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Following graduation, Marsh hopes to lead a radiation oncology center at a Veterans Affairs hospital.

“Veterans, especially student veterans, are my focus right now,” he said. “I want to make sure they get a fair shake and that I help put them in the best position possible for success. I just want to honor the friends I lost and give back to the veteran community.”

The Pat Tillman Foundation was created to honor Tillman, an NFL safety who put his career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve in the U.S. Army in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. He was killed in Afghanistan in April 2004.

IU is one of 17 university partners that collaborated with the foundation in the 2016 selection process to identify and select qualified candidates on their respective campuses. Five IU students have been named Tillman Scholars since 2014: James Bishop, Carlos Gonzalez, Jamal Sowell, Richard Marcantonio and Marsh.

“We are very pleased to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy as a Pat Tillman Foundation University Partner institution,” said Kirk White, assistant vice president and military liaison for IU’s Office of the President and a member of IU’s Tillman Scholarship Review Committee. “We are proud of this year’s scholar, Nick Marsh, who has already distinguished himself with service to our state and nation as a combat medic in the Indiana National Guard.”

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