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Written by James Milwood on January 6, 2020.


Did you know Army Emergency Relief offers scholarships to assist Army spouses and dependent children to obtain a 4-year undergraduate degree? In 2019, Army Emergency Relief awarded $8 million in scholarships for undergraduate educational needs. Here at Fort Gordon, 20 Army spouses received $32,566 for full or part-time scholarships. 87 Fort Gordon dependent children were the recipient of $105,500 in scholarships.

Spouse Education Assistance Program

The Spouse Education Assistance Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist spouses of Army Soldiers in obtaining an undergraduate degree. Applicants may receive assistance for up to four academic years of full-time study or eight academic years of part-time study but must re-apply each year. The award amounts vary annually based on the number of applicants, total approved scholarship budget, applicant's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) reported on the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA. Also included is the average cost to attend a college or university in the United States as provided by the college board. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the spouse awards ranged from $500 to $2,200. Spouses may apply year-round. There is no deadline date to apply.

MG James Ursano Scholarship Application

The student must be a dependent of a soldier on federal active duty, a retired soldier, or a deceased active or deceased retired soldier. Children of National Guard/Reserve Soldiers are eligible if the soldier is on Title 10 Orders for the entire academic year. The student must verify status by enrollment as a dependent of the service member in DEERS (Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System). The student must be under the age of 24. The student must remain unmarried for the entire academic year. The student must not be a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or another military branch. The student must be enrolled, accepted or pending acceptance as a full-time student in an accredited post-secondary or vocational institution listed in the US Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions ( Students attending Military Service Academies are not eligible. All students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applications are available beginning 1 January 2020. The deadline to apply is 1 April 2020 for dependent children. For details, visit or contact Army Community Service AER at +1 (706)791-3579.

Other Scholarship Opportunities to Look Into

HIP Pocket Scholarship: Two deserving Fort Gordon soldiers will be selected to complete their baccalaureate degree and obtain commission through participation in a ROTC scholarship program of choice. Applications can be received at the Command Support Center in the Education Center.

Deadline: 7 February 2020
More Info: Visit the Education Center located in the Command Support Center

Fort Gordon Sergeant Major Association Scholarship: Residing CSRA high school seniors of active or retired military members, enrolled in DEERs, and scheduled to graduate during the spring/summer 2020 school year, compete for a $1000 scholarship.

Deadline: 22 May 2020
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Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club Continuing Education Scholarship: Selected continuing education of higher learning awardees receive assistance with tuition, room, board, and academic fees only at a regionally accredited university, college, community college, or vocational/technical school.

Deadline: On-Going 2019-2020
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Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club Merit Scholarship: Selected graduating seniors attending their first year of higher education at a regionally accredited university, college, community college or vocational/technical school receive assistance with tuition, room, board and academic fees only.

Deadline: 20 February 2020
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Legacy Scholarship: The American Legion's Legacy Scholarship provides college scholarship money to children of post-9/11 veterans who died on active duty or have a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater.

Deadline: 15 April 2020
More Info: Visit American Legion

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