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Army Emergency Relief (AER) Scholarship

Army Emergency Relief Scholarship

Army Emergency Relief (AER) Scholarship

The Army Emergency Relief  program offers an annual scholarship: the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program. This is a need-based scholarship established to assist children of Army Soldiers obtain their first undergraduate degree.

Assistance through this scholarship may be available for up to 4 academic years if applicants meet certain eligibility requirements. However, reapplication each year is required. Generally, eligibility is based on the dependent status of the applicant.

What Is the AER Scholarship Award Amount?

The award amount varies each year and based on the number of applicants. Additionally, other factors affecting the amount of aid include a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the average cost of attendance at a United States college or university. 

When is the deadline for the AER Scholarship?

The application cycle typically runs from 1 January through 1 April each year.

The previous year’s dates were 1 Jan through 1 Apr of 2023.   We would expect that the dates would be the same in the coming year.

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The Namesake of the Army Emergency Relief Scholarship

Major General James Ursano retired from active duty in 1976 and then served for 10 years as the Director of Army Emergency Relief. When he passed away in 1996, the AER Scholarship for Dependent Children was renamed the MG James Ursano Scholarship Fund, in honor of the General’s life and service to Soldiers and their families.

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