Former U.S. Army medic and current Racine Unified staffer Halli Stewart has been awarded a Pat Tillman scholarship.

As an Instructional Methods Coordinator for the school district, Stewart works closely with teachers to improve student skills primarily at the elementary level using instructional and behavioral interventions.

The scholarship is $10,000 for the first year and another $10,000 each year that Stewart renews her scholarship. The money will help Stewart pursue her doctorate in urban education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Stewart enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves when she was 17 and served for five years as a combat medic. Her interest in military service was sparked after a visit with family stationed in California when Stewart was just 10 years old. Experiences in the Army taught Stewart to persevere and to fight for equality and justice.

The Pat Tillman Scholarship fund was established in 2008 to give active duty, veterans and spouses pursue goals in higher education, according to the Pat Tillman Foundation website. More than $6 million has been awarded to 347 scholars across the country.