April Graduate

Tyler Hallmark

Tyler Hallmark

Mannford, Oklahoma

Gates Millennium Program
University of Pennsylvania
International Educational Development

GPA 3.8

Community Service

  1. Volunteer and Researcher with Penn’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions, an organization that hosts various workshops for students of color.
  2. Gates Millennium Scholarship Ambassador, having developed and hosted workshops for high school students


Tyler Hallmark grew up in Mannford, OK, an hour-and-a-half drive from the Cherokee Nation Capitol in Tahlequah. After being named a Gates Millennium Scholar in 2011, Tyler went on to earn a Bachelors in Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, CO. During his time at CU, he was active in various leadership organizations, volunteered with local high schools and organizations, and traveled to more than 35 countries. Tyler then pursued his Masters in International Educational Development at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where he also currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant for Penn’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions. His research interests revolve around student access to and persistence in higher education, specifically focusing on low-income, first-generation, and indigenous populations. In addition to his time in university, Tyler has interned both domestically, with the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education in Washington, DC, as well as internationally, with Contact North | Contact Nord in Ontario, Canada. After he completes his Masters in May 2017, Tyler will begin his PhD in Higher Education at The Ohio State University.