EUGENE, Ore. -- The Pat Tillman Foundation gives out scholarships to active servicemen, women and their families. Six recipients of the Pat Tillman Military Scholarships attend the University of Oregon.
Pat Tillman was an NFL player who put his career on hold to serve the army in 2002. He died in 2004 while serving in Afghanistan and the scholarship is in his memory.
"At a broader level, it’s a way for each one of our scholars to use their career, use their military experience to someway improve their life or someone else whether that is in direct service or in policy making," said Hunter Riley from the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Two of the scholars attend the University of Oregon's School of Law. They say they want to give back to the community, and they got help from dozens of other law students who came out to volunteer Sunday.
Bryan Boender is one of the military scholarship recipients. He is a third-year law school student.
"I spent 15 months in Afghanistan with that unit and actually left active duty to come to law school in order to apply my desire to serve my community here at home," he said.
He said he's happy to give back to his community alongside his classmates. The law school students said they're happy to lend a helping hand.
"The whole idea of giving back is strong within the University of Oregon law school but also within the Pat Tillman scholars, and it worked out perfectly that we were able to coordinate this," said Nicole White.