AER Awards Military Children More Than $4.6 Million in Scholarships for 2022-2023 Academic Year

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Army Emergency Relief — the U.S. Army’s only nonprofit — is proud to announce the recipients of the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for Military Children for the Fall 2022 semester of the 2022-2023 academic year.

AER awarded more than $4.6 million to 2,009 students pursuing their first undergraduate degrees.

All recipients are eligible for an additional scholarship for the Spring 2023 semester, which will be distributed in late November.

One of those recipients, Cameron Woodard, will be a freshman at Wichita State University in the fall, and is set to major in dental hygiene. He plans to eventually earn a doctorate in dental surgery.

“By awarding me the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning,” Woodard wrote in a letter to AER. “Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.

AER loves seeing students reach their goals of achieving college degrees, Tammy LaCroix, AER’s Chief of Scholarships, said.

Scholarship amounts vary each year, and are based on the need of each applicant, applicants’ Expected Family Contributions as per the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the average cost to attend college in the United States.

The next application cycle begins Jan. 1, 2023, and goes through April 1, 2023. Children of Soldiers pursuing an undergraduate degree who meet eligibility criteria may receive assistance for up to four academic years but must reapply each year.

“We encourage every U.S. Army Family who has a child interested in attending college to apply for the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program,” retired Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, AER Director, said. “We are well aware of the high costs of attending a college or university these days, and that should not be a barrier for any Army child who wishes to continue their educations.”

The scholarship program was named in honor of Ursano, who retired from active duty on July 1, 1976, after 33 years of active service. His final assignment was as the Director of Management for the Army’s Chief of Staff.

Ursano served as AER’s director from 1976 to 1986.

For more information on AER’s scholarship programs, including the application process, go to

See a list of Ursano scholarship recipients for the Fall 2022 semester of the 2022-2023 academic year.