Two A&M Veterans selected as Tillman Scholars
By Sam Peshek, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications
The Pat Tillman Foundation announced that Texas A&M University student-veterans Jarrod Romine and Anthony Dolomisiewicz have been selected as 2017 Tillman scholars.
In recognition of their service, leadership and potential, the newly selected class of nearly 60 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses chosen for this year’s class will receive over $1.1 million in scholarships to pursue their higher education and continue their service in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.
“As the next generation of private and public sector leaders, the Tillman Scholars are tackling challenges across national security, healthcare, technology, civil rights and education,” said Marie Tillman, Board Chair and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “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. We are proud to support this newest class of Tillman Scholars in their drive to serve and empower others as our country’s next leaders.”
Jarrod Romine — Political Science
Jarrod served over eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, deploying four times during that period, including in Special Operations with 1st and 2nd Raider Battalions, with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. Jarrod’s military service included training advising and assisting numerous foreign military units, being designated an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and being awarded the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with bronze “V” for action taken during combat operations in Afghanistan.
At Texas A&M, Jarrod is pursuing a B.A. in Political Science focusing on international politics and diplomacy, along with pre-med and a minor in public health. He also works with the Veterans Resource and Support Center and serves as the Campus Program Coordinator for Warrior Scholar Project. In addition, Jarrod is a General Committee Member with the 62nd Student Conference On National Affairs (SCONA) and a member of the Texas A&M Premedical Society.
After graduation, he intends to pursue graduate studies in International Affairs as well as medical school in order to give back through a career in Emergency Medicine. As a physician, he wants to bring skill and experience to providing medical care to patients in environments where it might otherwise not be available.
Anthony Dolomisiewicz — Doctor of Medicine
Anthony joined the service after September 11th and went on to complete the Special Forces Qualification Course training as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. In his 12 years of service and over the course of multiple combat deployments with 10th Special Forces Group, Anthony realized he wanted to be more than a medic and decided to pursue medical school to become a physician. Driven by this goal, he earned his undergraduate degree and started medical school at Texas A&M, all while serving on active duty in difficult and demanding leadership positions.
During his service, he took charge of the Special Operations Combat Medical Skills Sustainment Course that was responsible for training over 1000 medics a year from all branches of the military. In this position he planned and implemented the restructuring of the course curriculum to better meet the needs of medics on the battlefield, including dedicating more time to hands on casualty scenarios and emphasizing realistic practice of medical skills.
After medical school, Anthony intends to continue serving with the National Guard as a military physician. He wants to continue to improve survival of casualties through superior medical training. He also hopes to continue his service as a physician in the VA Medical System, where he believes he can deploy his experience as a medic, instructor and leader.
About the Pat Tillman Foundation
In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy of leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships–building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation and the impact of the Tillman Scholars, visit http://www.PatTillmanFoundation.org.