University of Tulsa student veteran Kate Tillotson has received a HillVets 100 award from the national organization HillVets, a bipartisan group of veterans, service members and supporters focused on empowerment through networking, community involvement and education. The accolade highlights the most influential and impactful veterans, service members and armed forces supporters.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Tillotson was named HillVets Student Veteran of the Year in recognition of her efforts to grow the TU Student Veteran Association and boost member engagement on campus and throughout the Tulsa community. She was elected president of TU SVA in April 2016 and has helped strengthen ties between students, communities and sponsors. Under Tillotson’s leadership, TU SVA was one of 50 colleges nationwide to receive the Vet Center Initiative Grant of almost $9,000 from the Home Depot Foundation and the SVA to renovate the student veterans’ campus lounge. TU SVA has obtained new scholarships, increased membership and encouraged camaraderie among Tulsa civilians and veterans.
Tillotson, a speech-pathology major in the Oxley College of Health Sciences, is the only female SVA president in Oklahoma. She was named Student Veteran of the Year by the national SVA and honored at the organization’s 2017 conference in January.
“I’m honored to represent my SVA chapter, The University of Tulsa and millennial veterans in the state of Oklahoma,” she said. “The collaborative spirit and community found on campus has been the cornerstone of everything I’ve achieved this year, and I am grateful to be a part of the TU family.”
TU is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon program.