Announcing The Syracuse University 2020 Tillman Scholar Laura Buys

Syracuse University was invited to become a Pat Tillman Foundation University Partner in 2017. The Tillman Scholar program unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. Syracuse University shares these ideals and is proud to support Tillman Scholars on our campus.

Syracuse University is proud to announce the 2020 Tillman Scholar: Laura Buys.

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Pat Tillman Foundation Announces its 2020 Tillman Scholars

Today, June 12, 2o2o, ​the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) announced the names of the 60 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses chosen as 2020 Tillman Scholars. In recognition of their service and leadership potential, the newly selected class will receive scholarship funding to pursue higher education and continue their service in the fields of healthcare, business, law, public service, STEM, education and the humanities. For the full list of 2020 Tillman Scholars, along with their service branches, institutions and fields of study, please visit ​​.

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Logan Bonney, Air Force Veteran and Craft Brewer, Pivots to Meet Customer Needs During Pandemic

Syracuse University alumnus and small business owner Logan Bonney uses his entrepreneurship expertise and hospitality training to guide sound business decisions at a challenging time.

Anything But Beer, a craft brewery in downtown Syracuse, was incorporated in June 2017, one month after Logan Bonney completed his master’s degree in entrepreneurship. “We make grain-free, gluten-free, craft alcoholic beverages that are essentially beer alternatives,” says Bonney.

At first, the business operated with a wholesale model, manufacturing in Syracuse and distributing to other bars and breweries, which helped those retailers better serve niche consumer segments. “Then, after having people show up in our parking lot multiple times a week asking where they can try the beer, we realized that there was a demand for us to have a taproom,” Bonney says.

As a veteran, Bonney is also drawing on the resilience he learned in the New York Air National Guard. “It’s that classic military mindset,” he says. “You have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and try your hardest.”

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Former ROTC Cadet Savanna Clendining Pursues her Master’s Degree by Applying Practical Skills Learned at Syracuse

For two years, 1st Lt. Savanna Clendining G’22 has risen early in the morning to attend her online classes for the Newhouse School of Public Communication’s master’s program while stationed in Vincenza, Italy, serving the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). She has attended class on a mountainside in Slovenia and from a cliff in the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy. Doing coursework by flashlight inside of a darkened tent hasn’t stopped Clendining from working toward her graduate degree, and neither has the coronavirus.

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OVMA and SVO Announce Yearly Awards Celebrating Student Veterans’ Achievements

Syracuse University’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) are presenting five awards to student veterans in honor of their significant and notable achievements. The awards are normally announced at SVO’s Annual Ball and Awards Banquet, but the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the winners were instead announced in a Zoom “virtual lunch.”
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