ASU, Pat Tillman Foundation name military scholars

June 5, 2012

Arizona State University and the Pat Tillman Foundation are pleased to announce two students have been selected as Tillman Military Scholars for the 2012-13 academic year.

Chad Waltz, a member of the Air National Guard, is currently working toward a master’s degree in social work at Arizona State University. A proud supporter for advocacy and education among the military community, Waltz currently assists with an organization specializing in peer support for veterans who may have experienced mental trauma while in combat. Through his partnership with the Tillman Foundation, Waltz is looking forward to serving as an example for others who may be considering getting an education. Download Full Image

Casaundra Wallace, a United States Army veteran, will study at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in the fall. She is considering focusing her studies in the public policy arena on either environmental law or Indian law. Wallace, a student worker in the Pat Tillman Veteran Center, sees the Tillman Military Scholar designation as an opportunity to give back the veteran community.

ASU is one of 14 campuses serving as a Tillman Military Scholar University Partner for the 2012-2013 academic year. University partners are selected based on their innovative servicemember-specific support services and proven culture of community for military families.

As a university partner, each institution conducts outreach to its veteran and military spouse student population and actively participates in the Tillman Military Scholar selection process. Upon selection of Tillman Military Scholars on campus, each then supports the building of community among these students, strengthening their academic and personal experience.

“As part of ASU’s initial screening committee, we had the very tough job of going through 42 applications, and forwarding only the top 10 to the Pat Tillman Foundation for final selection. We were very excited to hear that Chad and Casaundra were chosen – they both stood out as exceptional candidates,” said Christian Rauschenbach, Veteran Services program manager.

In 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program to support educational opportunities for servicemembers and military families by bridging the financial gaps left by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. Military families face numerous challenges during the transition from military to civilian life and have unique needs that often prevent successfully completing a degree. As a result, Tillman Military Scholars receive financial support to not only cover traditional study-related expenses such as tuition and books, but also other needs, including but not limited to: housing, transportation and childcare. In providing this support, the Pat Tillman Foundation aims to remove obstacles that would otherwise prohibit academic success.

Over the past four years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has awarded more than $3.2 million in scholarship funds to 230 Tillman Military Scholars pursuing education at every level from freshmen undergraduates to PhD candidates. Overall, Tillman Military Scholars represent 71 different institutions across 34 states.

“We received 1280 applicants this year and, with support from our selection committee, narrowed these applicants down to 59 outstanding candidates to join the fourth class of Tillman Military Scholars,” said Hunter I Riley, director of programs at the Pat Tillman Foundation. “These Scholars represent leadership in the military, classroom and community and we’re proud to invest in their education and support them in making a positive impact into the future.”

About the Pat Tillman Foundation

Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing educational support and resources to veterans, active servicemembers and their spouses. Inspired by Pat’s attributes of leadership, passion for education and spirit of service, the Foundation annually awards educational scholarships through the Tillman Military Scholars program. Since the Foundation’s inception, over $5 million in educational support has been invested in individuals committed to a life of service both in an out of uniform, including over $3.2 million awarded to 230 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide. For more information, visit:

Baseball's Deven Marrero taken 24th overall in 2012 MLB Draft

June 5, 2012

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Arizona State junior shortstop Deven Marrero was selected 24th overall by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday.

Marrero is the 27th Sun Devil to be taken in the first round and is the highest draft pick since Mike Leake was selected eighth overall in 2009. He is the fourth ASU player drafted in the top 25 in the past five seasons following Leake, and Brett Wallace at No. 13 and Ike Davis at No. 18 in 2008.

He is the third Sun Devil in the past 10 years to be drafted by the Red Sox and joins former Sun Devil shortstop Dustin Pedroia in the organizaton.

"Whether it's big hits or big plays, Deven's always in the mix when good things happen," head coach Tim Esmay said. "Not too often do you get to coach someone like that in your career, and not just from a baseball standpoint. He's a great human being and a great young man."

Marrero, who made 145 career starts in three seasons at ASU, was the 2011 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He was a First Team Pac-12 All-Conference selection in 2011 and 2012, and earned all-conference accolades in each of his three years. He was a First Team Academic All-District VIII honoree in 2012 and a member of the second team in 2011. He set an ASU freshman record with his team-leading .397 batting average (62-156) in 2010 en route to garnering Freshman All-America honors, and had the game-winning walk-off single in game one and scored the game-winning run in game two of 2010 Tempe Super Regional.

He was a 17th round selection (509th overall) of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.

The ASU baseball program has had 380 players drafted by the Major Leagues, which is the most all-time among NCAA schools. Former Sun Devil outfielder Rick Monday was the first-ever MLB Draft pick in 1965 when he was selected No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Athletics.

Other notable Sun Devil first-round draftees include No. 1 overall picks Floyd Bannister (1976) and Bob Horner (1978), Reggie Jackson (1966) and Mike Kelly (1991) at No. 2, and Barry Bonds (1985) at No. 6. 

The Milwaukee Brewers took 2013 signee Clint Coulter 26th overall.

Coulter, a catcher from Union High School in Camas, Washington, was a Second Team All-American by Perfect Game and First-Team All-Region, and the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League's Player of the Year. He is listed at 6 feet 3 inches and 210 pounds, and was the Class 3A state wrestling champion at 189 pounds his sophomore season before giving it up to focus solely on baseball. He was one of four high school players to accept an invitation to attend the Major League Draft in New York City.