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Student Vet Named Scholar

Published: May 28, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University student Mauricio Zumba, a U.S. Army veteran, has been awarded a prestigious Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship - one of the most competitive scholarships awarded each year to student veterans.

Mauricio Zumba

Mauricio is graduating from Eastern this June with a degree in Psychology, and will then start working towards his PhD in Clinical Psychology this fall at Pacific University, Oregon. He is one of just 59 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses to be named a 2014 Tillman Military Scholar after an extensive selection process that involved 7,500 interested applicants. The winning scholars, including Mauricio, represent 39 universities and colleges nationwide.

In recognition of their service, leadership and academic excellence, the newly selected class will receive more than $1.4 million in scholarships to pursue their higher education goals.

Mauricio, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves Engineer Corps, served a tour in Iraq in 2009 and a tour in Afghanistan in 2010. Assigned as a Team Leader in a Route Clearance Platoon, he performed IED removal operations during his latest tour - which sparked an overwhelming interest in the effects of deployments on soldiers. As a psychologist, he strives to help soldiers decrease the effects of deployment on mental health.

Tillman put his all-star NFL career on hold to serve his country after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004. Please visit to learn more about the foundation's military scholars and his inspiring story.


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