Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for Dependent Children

  • 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 service. His final assignment was Director of Management, Office of the Chief of Staff, Department of the Army. He was named AER Director on July 1, 1976, 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 Program in honor of his distinguished life of service to Soldiers and Families.

2024-2025 Academic Year

Scholarship Details

The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for Dependent Children is based on applicants’ financial needs and was established to assist children of Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degrees. Applicants may receive assistance for up to four academic years of full-time study 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 Student Aid Index (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 2024-2025 application cycle runs from Feb. 1 through April 1, 2024.

Review Documents and Apply

All applicants must read the corresponding Program Guidelines and FAFSA instructions, found in the links below. A link to submit applications is in the Program Guidelines.

Major changes and improvements are coming to the 2024-2025 FAFSA form. The redesigned and streamlined form will be available by Dec. 31, 2023. Click here to find out what you need to know now to be ready when the FAFSA is available.

2024-2025 Program Guidelines
2024-2025 FAFSA Instructions

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A boy wearing a black tuxedo and white dress shirt smiles for the camera.

“My dad served our country for 23 years as a Religious Affairs Specialist. During his time, he constantly gave back to Soldiers and their Families. I hope to follow in his footsteps in giving back to the community through social action programs. I understand the AER motto is ‘Helping the Army Take Care of its Own’ and my goal is to give back to society as much as I can by achieving a higher education.”

—Darrien, AER scholarship recipient