Kate Tillotson, a recent graduate of The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences, has been named a 2017 fellow for Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL). The organization provides training and guidance to a diverse group of high-achieving student veterans with the goal of helping them win internships, fellowships and scholarships that facilitate their entry into foreign policy. The VGL brings together the best and brightest minds in national security and foreign policy fields. They provide specific support for specialized issues that women face in navigating their academic and professional lives. Tillotson is the first TU student to be selected for this prestigious program and only one of two Oklahoma students ever to win the fellowship.
“I am humbled and really excited to be a part of this fellowship. This is a chance for me to take the leadership skills from my military experience and from leading the most active Student Veterans of America chapter within the state of Oklahoma to the next level,” said Tillotson.
Next year, Tillotson will participate in various VGL activities including a training program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., networking events with leaders in national security and foreign policy and working with a formal mentor. “I’ll be surrounded by some of the top student veterans in the U.S. who are from some of the top schools including Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth College, Berkeley and George Washington University just to name a few,” she said.
Tillotson plans to be a professional consultant. She currently serves as the president of the TU Student Veteran Association (SVA) and is a senator in student government. Her advocacy efforts led to the establishment of the TU Veteran House on campus and an endowment for student veterans to help cover tuition and housing gaps. Tillotson was named 2017 SVA Student Veteran of the Year and is a HillVets 100 honoree. From 2007 to 2011, She served as a field radio operator in the U.S. Marine Corps. While deployed to Iraq, she served as a combat Lioness.