Since 2009, the Pat Tillman Foundation annually presents academic scholarships to active duty service members, veterans, and their spouses. This year 60 out of thousands of applicants were chosen to receive the award. Awardees are committed to continuing to serve their country. Through their accomplishments and future ambitions, scholars embody service, scholarship, humble leadership, and impact. In addition to the financial award, scholars receive professional development and a national network.
One of this year’s recipients is University of Maryland student, Joseph Filla. Filla is seeking a degree in Computer Science and is involved with the Persian Flagship program. Filla enlisted in the Army Reserves in 2006 before he completed high school. In 2009, after finishing high school and transitioning to active duty, he deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He deployed again for Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-2012 and in 2013-2014. Through his deployments, Filla interacted with Iraqi and Afghan civilians working as an Afghan Intelligence Company mentor. His efforts brought forth the first joint Afghan-American patrol supported by Afghan Army intelligence collection in Eastern Afghanistan. Filla aspires to utilize his knowledge and experience in Information and Data Science to improve lives.
Congratulations to Joseph Filla on this remarkable achievement.