USAG Stuttgart Army Community Service
Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private non-profit organization who provides financial assistance to Soldier’s in times of valid emergency need and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own”. As a secondary mission, AER also supports Army families with the cost of education.
The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for Dependent Children provides need-based scholarships for Children of Soldiers. Recipients are eligible to receive scholarships for up to 4 years of full-time enrollment in an accredited college/university. Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board. Scholarships may not be used for second undergraduate degrees or master’s programs.
The Spouse Education Assistance Program provides need based scholarships for Spouses of Soldiers. Recipients are eligible to receive scholarships for up to 4 years of full-time enrollment or 8 years of part-time enrollment in an accredited college or university. Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, ESL and GED Classes, CLEP and TOEFL tests. Scholarships may not be used for second undergraduate degrees or master’s program.
To be eligible for these scholarships the following is required;
-Be a Spouse or dependent Child of a Soldier on active duty, a retired Soldier, or a Soldier who died on active duty and registered in DEERS.
-Must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
-The Spouse Program applicant may be enrolled part-time (6 credit hours per semester/term) or full-time (12 credit hours per semester/term).
-The Dependent Child applicant must be enrolled full-time, be under the age of 23, and have graduated from high school or received a GED by the beginning of the academic year.
Applications are available on the AER website, www.aerhq.org. The deadline for application and submission of all supporting documents is April 1. Applicants will also need to complete the Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and upload the resulting Student Aid report into your AER application.
Scholarship award amounts are based on financial need. Award amounts vary each year based on the total number of complete applications and the approved budget amount for the academic year.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, AER awarded 7.9M in scholarships to 4, 149 dependent Children and spouse of Army Soldiers. The average award for Spouses was $1,516 and $2,065 for children.
The 2018 AER campaign is now open for donations through May. Contact Army Community Service or a unit representative for information at DSN: 431-3348 or 07031-15-3348.
Service members of other branches are encouraged to check online with their specific relief society; Air Force Aid Society, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Office for information on available scholarships.