ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 6, 2012 –Army Emergency Relief (AER) announced the award of 2,614 scholarships under the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program. The scholarships, awarded to the children of Active Duty and Retired Soldiers, totaled $6.6 million.
“We received 2,781 compete applications and were able to award 2,614 scholarships,” said Diann Evans, manager for AER’s scholarship programs. “That’s 94% and shows that if the students complete the process, they have a very high probability of receiving an award.”
AER began accepting applications in December with a deadline of April 1st. Transcripts were due April 2nd, with the final Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) documentation due by May 1st.
Ursano scholarships are awarded based on three criteria: financial need, academic (GPA) and leadership (sports, Scouts, student council). A student could qualify under one, two or all three of the criteria, so the size of the awards varies. This year the average award was $2,550. Notification letters are being mailed this week.
Maj. Gen. James Ursano served on active duty for 33 years. Following his retirement in 1976, he served as the Director of Army Emergency Relief for ten years. Throughout his tenure as Director, he was a passionate supporter of education. In 1997 the AER Board of Managers renamed the AER Scholarship for Dependent Children to the Maj. James Ursano Scholarship Fund.
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 $1.4 billion to more than 3.4 million Soldiers, Families and Retirees.
For more information, or to make a donation, please go to www.aerhq.org