Carlos Gonzalez Named a Tillman Military Scholar for 2014
Third-year IU McKinney student Carlos Gonzalez has been named one of three Tillman Military Scholars for 2014. He is among the first students from Indiana University to receive the prestigious scholarship since its inception in 2008.
Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Gonzalez worked as a police officer in Oakland, CA for 10 years before enrolling at IU McKinney.
After earning degrees from California State University, Gonzalez was a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserves and was deployed to Southern Iraq in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, providing training to the Iraqi police and coordinating hundreds of humanitarian projects as a Civil Affairs soldier with the 350th Civil Affairs Command unit.
Gonzalez will graduate from the law school in May 2015. He was recently selected for the Program on Law and State Government Fellowship, where he will explore creative and aggressive ways to prosecute individuals and dismantle organizations involved in sex trafficking of children.
“This scholarship will put me one step closer in accomplishing my goals as a law student and becoming the first attorney in my family,” Gonzalez said. “As a combat veteran, it gives me great pleasure to be put in a category of talented individuals that strive for a common goal: freedom.”
The Pat Tillman Foundation, a nonprofit organization that invests in military veterans and their spouses through scholarships, formed the Tillman Military Scholars program as a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Scholarships cover direct study-related expenses for scholars who are pursing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degrees as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution.
The sixth class of Tillman Military Scholars will receive $1.4 million in scholarships to continue their service in the fields of medicine, law, business, government, education, technology, and the arts. This year’s scholars were chosen from 7,500 applicants, representing 39 universities and colleges nationwide.
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.