Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program

  • Maj. Gen. James Ursano

A Life of Service

Maj. Gen. James Joseph Ursano retired from active duty on July 1, 1976, after 33 years of active service. His final assignment was Director of Management, Office of the Chief of Staff, Department of the Army. The Board of Managers of Army Emergency Relief elected General Ursano, effective July 1, 1976, to be Director of Army Emergency Relief, a position he held for 10 years.

Ursano passed away in 1996. The AER Scholarship for Dependent Children was renamed the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Fund in honor of his distinguished life of service to Soldiers and families.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Scholarship Details

The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree. Applicants may receive assistance for up to four academic years but must meet eligibility criteria and reapply each year.

Award amounts vary each year based on the:

  • Number of applicants
  • Total approved scholarship budget
  • Applicant’s Expected Family Contribution (per Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Average cost of attendance to attend a college or university in the United States (per College Board)

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

Review Documents and Apply

All applicants must read the corresponding Program Guidelines and FAFSA instructions, found in the links below.

A link to submit an application is found in the Program Guidelines.

2022-2023 Program Guidelines
2022-2023 FAFSA Instructions


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“It is truly an honor to have my name associated with Maj. Gen. James Ursano as a scholarship recipient. I have witnessed first-hand the sacrifices, struggles and hard work that our military personnel put forth day in and day out. My father is and has always been one of my heroes. He continues to serve this great nation in the hopes of giving my siblings and I a better life. Receiving this scholarship is not just a celebration of me and my successes, but also of my father’s.”

—Abigail, AER scholarship recipient