Georgetown sophomore and former U.S. Marine Corporal Cristine Pedersen (SFS’18) has been awarded the Pat Tillman Scholarship for military students. Cristine was one of just sixty students selected nationwide to receive this honor. It is a rigorous selection process that searches for military talent that exemplifies strong leadership potential and a drive to make a positive impact on our communities and country. Of the scholars, Marie Tillman, co-founder of the scholarship’s foundation, said: “They believe their best years of service to our country are still ahead of them, and they are committed to making a direct impact to strengthen communities at home and around the world.”
Pedersen has already exemplified the scholarship’s values on campus; she is the two year president of the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association (GUVSA) and interns for Care USA. Looking forwards, Pedersen plans on majoring in regional and comparative studies and using the Tillman scholarship during her undergraduate time at Georgetown. From there, she hopes to join the MSFS international development track and focus on post-conflict reconstruction. Pedersen also plans to move towards a career in the foreign service following her graduation from Georgetown. She developed interest in the role after interning in the US embassy in Kosovo last summer.
Pedersen is not the first Georgetown student to receive the honor. Last year, graduate students and U.S. Army veterans Jeremy Marx and Ashley Nicolas,were selected as 2016 Tillman Scholars.
Georgetown has a thriving military and veteran’s community, that serves nearly 1,000 members on campus. Similarly, our ROTC program, the Hoya Battalion, was ranked first out of 272 nationwide battalions by U.S. Army Cadet Command in 2012. Georgetown’s administration aims to highlight and support this culture through this year’s Military Awareness Month, currently ongoing.