Army Emergency Relief scholarships open to Soldiers’ families

By Elias Mendez-Sierra
Army Emergency Relief Officer

Army Emergency Relief provides education assistance to Soldiers’ families through two major scholarship programs: The Major General James Ursano Scholarship Program and the Spouse Education Assistance Program.

The Major General James Ursano Scholarship is a needs-based program that provides scholarship up to four years of full-time study to unmarried dependent children of Soldiers — active duty, retired and deceased.

The Spouse Educational Program provides scholarship for spouses of Army Soldiers. Recipients are eligible to receive scholarships for up to four years of full-time enrollment or eight years of part-time enrollment.

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, ESL and GED classes, and the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) and Test of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL) tests.

The entire application package for the 2017-2018 school year must be submitted online by April 1. This includes the application as well as the supporting documents.

Most applicants will need to provide transcripts, the Student Aid Report from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the Soldier’s Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) for active-duty Soldiers.

Army Emergency Relief is a private, nonprofit organization. Its primary mission is to provide financial assistance to Soldiers and their families. AER has TOEFL tests been helping Soldiers and their families with interest-free loans and grants since 1942.

For instructions on how to apply for the scholarships, visit the AER website at For more information, call Elias Mendez-Sierra at 301-677-5590 or email

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