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Clemson's McCullough named a Tillman Scholar

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Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Melissa McCullough, right, works with rising senior Quan Lee on a urinalysis device she is developing as part of her Ph.D. studies.
 

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Melissa McCullough, right, works with rising senior Quan Lee on a urinalysis device she is developing as part of her Ph.D. studies.

 

An injury in the line of duty dashed Melissa McCullough’s dream of becoming a naval officer.

But McCullough has found a new calling as a Clemson University Ph.D. student and is being recognized for her service, leadership and potential.

McCullough was named a Tillman Scholar Monday, among 60 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses of the 11th class.

The annual announcement is timed near the Fourth of July, the most patriotic time of year in the United States and a fitting time to honor veterans.

The award is named for Pat Tillman who put his NFL career on hold to join the U.S. Army with his brother, Kevin, in 2002, committing to a three-year term. They were assigned to the second battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington and served tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004.

On April 22, 2004, Tillman’s unit was ambushed as it traveled through the rugged, canyon terrain of eastern Afghanistan. His heroic efforts to provide cover for fellow soldiers as they escaped from the canyon led to his untimely and tragic death via friendly fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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