The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) announces that UNM student and Marine Corps veteran Shireen Wanoskia ('15) has been selected as a 2014-15 Tillman Military Scholar.

The Tillman Military Scholarship is regarded as one of the most competitive national scholarships for veterans and their spouses. Criteria includes a record of personal achievement, dedication to service and a commitment to making a positive impact in their community. As one of 59 scholars selected from over 7,500 applicants, Wanoskia has proven herself as a scholar and leader driven to impact the country for years to come.

This year, UNM had more semifinalists than all but two universities nationwide (UNM had 9; Harvard and U-Penn had 12 each), which reflects the quality, integrity and vision of UNM student veterans and family members.

Wanoskia was a member of the Lioness Marine Corps program and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Her scholarship prize of $5,000 will go toward finishing her baccalaureate dual degree in criminology and psychology. After graduation, she wants to work with the FBI to ensure protection of the innocent and underserved.

"All 48 of the UNM Tillman applicants represented UNM extraordinarily well this year. We are incredibly proud of each and every one for their work, their vision, and their continued service," said Marilyn Dykman, director, VRC.