Tillman Scholar: Luis Weierbach’s Inspiring Journey of Service and Advocacy

“I believe that we are as strong as our weakest moment and the grit we summon to wrestle through it.”

Luis “Lu” Weierbach was born in Mays Landing, New Jersey. He grew up poor in the Bronx and Washington Heights before finding a home and community in rural Hoosick Falls, New York. A New York State champion in wrestling in high school, he was recruited to West Point.

Lu commissioned as an active duty infantry officer in 2018. He became airborne qualified before being stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. While at Schofield Barracks, Lu led a light infantry platoon in Thailand and Korea. He also served as a company executive officer and battalion logistics officer.

Lu is now pursuing a law degree at Syracuse University College of Law. He is motivated to continue service as an advocate in the courtroom for soldiers and later to underserved youth. Lu also aims to be an ambassador of the sport of wrestling through non-profit such as Beat the Streets and prevent youth from entering the justice system in the first place by providing them with a healthy outlet. He lives on a homestead in central New York with his wife and two cats.