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Sep 16, 2013 8:35 PM by Lupita Murillo

Tillman Foundation yanks scholarship from scholar

TUCSON - There has been a sudden change in the leadership of the University of Arizona's Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Office after the departure of the student director Glen La Croix. He's a former Pat Tillman Scholar. The Tillman Foundation severed their ties with La Croix.

La Croix received a Bachelors in psychology and we're told he was working on a masters degree.

In 2010, La Croix, was awarded the Tillman Scholarship. He told News 4 then, "This was one the proudest moments of his life."

Monday, the foundation sent out this statement:

"The Pat Tillman Foundation was later made aware that some information in Mr. La Croix's scholarship application was misleading and inaccurate. The Pat Tillman Foundation holds all Tillman Military Scholars to the highest standards of integrity and academic excellence. As a result, Mr. La Croix's scholarship was terminated and he no longer represents the Pat Tillman Foundation as a Tillman Military Scholar."

Tillman, a former football player, gave up is career in the NFL to join the Army after 9/11. He was an Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire in 2004.

La Croix has been quoted in several publications saying he knew Tillman and had served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was wounded twice.

News 4 went to his residence to get his side of the story, but no one answered the door. We left a business card and a message on his cell phone.

Nancy Curtis is a veteran. Her son is currently in the Army. She says this was very disconcerting because it's all about honor when you're a veteran. "You never lie about yourself. There are things you just have to be forward with and misrepresenting yourself for you own betterment is unacceptable."

University staff tells News 4 Tucson because of federal laws, they can't discuss students educational records or employment without the students consent.


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