Assistance for higher education and professional certifications.

Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program

Spouses pursuing an undergraduate degree or professional certification may receive assistance for up to four academic years of full-time study or eight academic years of part-time study. Spouses may apply year-round (no deadlines) and must re-apply every year.

MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for Children

Children pursuing an undergraduate degree who meet eligibility criteria may receive assistance for up to four academic years. Children must re-apply every year.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship. If it were not for financial assistance such as this, I could not attend Dallas Baptist University where I am studying Early Childhood Education.”

– Katti

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible for AER scholarships?

    Spouses and Children of Soldiers in the following statuses are eligible to apply for our scholarship programs: 

    Active Duty, Deceased Active, Retired, Deceased Retired, Medically Retired, Grey Area Retiree, AGR and ARNG / USAR on Title 10 Orders for the entire Academic Year for which they are applying.  

    Applicants must be listed as dependents of their Soldier Sponsor in DEERS. 

    Applicants for the MG James Ursano Children’s Scholarship Program must be under the age of 24. 

    Recipients must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree (exceptions may be made for Spouse Scholarship applicants) at a college or university listed in the US Department of Education’s accreditation database. Trade schools are acceptable as well. You may visit The US Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs to determine if your school is listed. 

  • Are scholarship awards the same every year?

    Scholarship awards vary each year based on the total number of applicants in each program and budget amount allotted to the scholarship program.

  • How are scholarship funds distributed?

    If you are awarded a scholarship, the scholarship funds are mailed directly to the school indicated on your scholarship agreement prior to each term for which you have been awarded. The funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. For recipients of the MG James Ursano Dependent Children’s Scholarship program, funds may also be used for room and board expenses.

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