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Thursday, 11 January 2018
Special to GUIDON

The Army Emergency Relief Scholarship Program for dependents is now taking applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.  These benefit Army families as they are always grants and not loans.

In 2017, AER provided 4,345 scholarships worth $8.7 million. In the Fort Leonard Wood local community, AER provided 61 scholarships worth $145,995 to 42 children and 19 spouses. That is an average of $2,393 per family in 2017. This is an increase from $91,600 in 2014. The awarded scholarships range from $250 to $3,000. The specific requirements for both types of scholarships are outlined below.

The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program is for dependent children of Soldiers (active duty, retired and deceased).  AER’s Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program is for full-time students at an undergraduate, technical or vocational institution accredited by the Department of Education and is awarded annually up to four academic years. Funds may be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies or school room and board.  Students may reapply each year and must need to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.

A student applying for 2018-2019 academic year must be under the age of 23 for the entire academic year. The applicant must be an unmarried dependent child of an active- duty or retired Soldier or a Soldier who died in either status.  All Soldiers and students must be registered in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System.  You can verify the student’s DEERS status at 800.538.9552.

The AER Spouse Scholarship Program is for  spouses of active duty and retired Soldiers, and widows(ers) of Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status, and are residing in the United States.  All spouses must be registered DEERS, which can be verified at 800.538.9552.  This program does not apply to second undergraduate or graduate degrees.


Scholarship awards are based on financial need and are awarded annually for up to four academic years to attend post secondary school full time as undergraduate level students.  Funds are to assist with academic expenses at the attending university/school and are disbursed equally between the fall and spring semesters or quarters to assist with tuition, books, fees and supplies.

 Starting Jan 2018, spouses can apply for scholarships online at any time during the year, if there are special circumstances, such as PCS/change of residence, geographic separation, etc…

Applications for the 2018-2019 AY scholarships will be available online until May 1 at AER’s website  Other requirement deadlines are in the instructions.

Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and submit the Student Aid Report to AER. Since AER is not an education institution, the applicant must send AER a copy after they receive it. AER will notify applicants about their scholarship during the first week of June.