2024 NARPM® President Melissa Sharone, MPM® RMP®, has selected the Pat Tillman Foundation as the 2024 NARPM® charity recipient. The Foundation’s mission is “to unite and empower remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self.”
Pat Tillman (1976-2004) was an NFL player who left his professional sports career in the aftermath of 9/11 to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served in Iran and Iraq and died in service during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Pat’s family and friends started the Foundation to “carry forward that legacy by giving military service members, veterans and spouses who embody those principles the educational tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders, no matter how they choose to serve.”
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According to the Foundation, “The Pat Tillman Foundation identifies remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses, empowering them with academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development opportunities and a diverse, global community of high-performing mentors and peers. These scholars are making an impact as they lead through action in the fields of healthcare, business, public service, STEM, education and the humanities.
With your help, we empower:
Active duty service members
Thanks to you, Tillman Scholars are making an impact in the United States and around the world.
Melissa’s sister, Tillman Scholar Michelle Neveu, is a recipient of the Foundation’s generosity. Michelle shared her story during Melissa’s Installation as NARPM® President.
Michelle joined the military as a nurse and, during her deployment to Afghanistan, solidified the call she felt to care for the critically injured and ill. She was offered the opportunity to study at the Air Force’s Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship. In 2015, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in nursing and was selected as a Tillman Scholar. Today, she is an acute care nurse practitioner working in palliative care.
According to the Foundation, “Tillman Scholars continue to prove that no matter the challenge, they can and will face it head on and they will ignite impact. Pat Tillman lit the torch for our scholars, like Pat, you ignite impact by donating to fund Tillman Scholar scholarships.”