(Photos courtesy of Pat Tillman Foundation)
A BS-to-MSN student at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, she was recognized Nov. 11 before the Baltimore Ravens’ home game against the Oakland Raiders.
A resident of Towson, Md., Thompson Schelberg hopes to follow the path of many of her family members who pursued careers in healthcare or firefighting, according to a news release. As a Marine, she was deployed to Iraq where she assisted a Navy Corpsmen on a humanitarian aid mission. She said that experience uncovered her desire to work in healthcare. Thompson Schelberg said she was influenced by the impact a well-trained medical professional can have on a population with limited access to basic healthcare.
She plans to become a nurse practitioner and hopes to serve underprivileged communities. Thompson Schelberg said her focus will be on preventative care, nutrition and orthopedic and sports medicine to help change a growing obesity epidemic. She hopes to bring about an improvement in patient health through preventative care in disadvantaged communities.
"Emily’s military experience and training opened her eyes to a career in healthcare," Marie Tillman, co-founder and president of the Pat Tillman Foundation, said in the release. "She is an extremely strong and dedicated individual who will someday make a difference in the quality of life of her patients. It’s an honor to recognize her as this year’s NFL-Tillman Military Scholar."
In June 2010, the NFL and the Pat Tillman Foundation established the NFL-Tillman Military Scholar award to annually honor an individual who exemplifies the enduring legacy of service of Tillman, a former Arizona Cardinals player who was killed in 2004 while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan. The award is part of the Tillman Military Scholars program established by the Pat Tillman Foundation to support educational opportunities for veterans and active service members and their spouses by filling the financial gaps in the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Tillman Military Scholars program covers direct study-related expenses such as tuition and books, and other basic needs such as housing and child care.
"We congratulate Emily and are pleased to continue our support of the Pat Tillman Foundation," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the release. "Pat Tillman’s legacy will always be an important part of the NFL."
Thompson Schelberg is the third Tillman Military Scholar to be honored by the NFL.
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