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Army Emergency Relief Scholarship Update

Army Emergency Relief Scholarship

Update on the Army Emergency Relief Scholarship

The Army Emergency Relief (AER) 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.

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. 

The application cycle runs from 1 January through 1 April, 2022. 

Follow these links for more information:

2022 – 2023 Program Guidelines

2022 – 2023 FAFSA Instructions

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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Robert Haynes is a retired Army infantryman who has a squad of kids and is married to an active duty Soldier. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who spent his last few years in the Army as a Drill Sergeant. He is now a full-time dad, freelance writer, and out-of-work comedian.