Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program

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The Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist Army spouses in obtaining an undergraduate degree or similar professional certification. The program was named after Mrs. Shinseki in December of 2019. 

Mrs. Shinseki, an Army Spouse for over 50 years, is a strong supporter of military spouse education, and other military family programs and served as a member of the AER Board of Managers for 20 years. Mrs. Shinseki is married to General Eric Shinseki, U.S. Army Retired, who served as the seventh United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2009 to 2014. His final post in the U.S. Army was as the 34th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1999 to 2003.

Mrs. Shinseki’s lifetime of service and dedication to military families has inspired countless individuals.

General Dennis Reimer, U.S. Army Retired, presents Mrs. Shinseki with a plaque recognizing her service and announcing the renaming of AER’s spouse scholarship program.

Mrs.Shinseki speaks over a podium at a conference.

Scholarship Details

Applicants may receive assistance for up to four academic years of full-time study or eight academic years of part-time study. Applicants must re-apply each year. Spouses may apply year-round.

Award amounts vary each year depending on the number of applicants, total approved scholarship budget, the applicant’s Expected Family Contribution (per FAFSA) and the average cost of attendance to attend a college or university in the United States (per College Board).


All applicants must read the corresponding Program Guidelines and FAFSA Instructions, found in the links below, prior to applying for the Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program.

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

2021 – 2022 Program Guidelines
2021 – 2022 FAFSA Instructions

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