Army Emergency Relief (AER) has announced the consolidation of its spouse scholarship programs. Previously, there were separate programs for spouses depending on whether they were located in the United States or overseas.
“The consolidation of the two spouse scholarship programs will simplify the application process, as well as allow all spouses to qualify for ‘part-time” scholarships,” said Diann Evans, manager for AER’s scholarship programs. “This change will allow us to provide better service for all the applicants.”
Prior to consolidation, only overseas spouses could get scholarships for ‘part time’ attendance. However, overseas spouses had to apply five times per year. This consolidation will allow them to apply once a year to align with the domestic spouses who will now be able to get assistance while only going to school part-time.
“One of the comments that we regularly received from the spouses located in the States was that it was very difficult to find the time to go to school full-time while maintaining a household with a deployed spouse,” added Evans. “We recognized the need and changed the policy to accommodate the current reality.”
There are no changes to the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program, which is AER’s scholarship program for dependent children.
Scholarship specifics and application forms are available on AER’s website (www.aerhq.org).
Army Emergency Relief is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Soldiers, active and retired, and their Families. Since its incorporation in 1942, AER has provided more than $1.3 billion to more than 3.3 million Soldiers, Families and Retirees.