Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program

This application is for the 2023-2024 academic year (Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024).

The Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist Spouses of Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree. Applicants must reapply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years of full-time study or eight academic years of part-time study as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

The award amounts vary each year based on the number of applicants, applicant’s enrollment (full time or part time), total approved scholarship budget, the applicant’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) reported on the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA, and the average Cost of Attendance to attend a college or university in the United States as provided by the College Board.

Spouses may apply year-round. Applications are reviewed, recipients are notified by email, and scholarship checks are mailed/electronically sent to the schools based on the timeline included in the PROGRAM GUIDELINES document on the Army Emergency Relief Website . Please read this document for detailed information about our scholarship program, application cycles, and fund disbursement details.

Supplemental Questions
  1. We communicate primarily by email. To ensure you receive all communications, please add,, and to your email address book. Otherwise, our emails may go to your spam/junk folders. Indicate below that you have added these email addresses to your email address book and understand if you do not, you may not receive your award notice and other important information from us.
  2. We occasionally communicate using SMS/text messages to resolve any issues with your application. Do you authorize us to send you SMS/text messages? You can opt out at any time by sending an email to referencing the number you use to receive SMS/text messages.
  3. Scholarship Applicant's First Name
  4. Scholarship Applicant's Middle Name
  5. Scholarship Applicant's Last Name
  6. Scholarship Applicant's Suffix (Jr., III, etc.)
  7. Scholarship Applicant's Former or Maiden Name
  8. Scholarship Applicant's DoD ID Number (DO NOT ENTER YOUR SSN OR BENEFITS NUMBER)
  9. Upload a copy of Scholarship Applicant's DoD ID card (front and back)
  10. Scholarship Applicant's Primary Phone Number
  11. What is the Scholarship Applicant's marital status?
  12. Is the Scholarship Applicant current or prior military?
  13. If the Scholarship Applicant is prior military, upload a copy of the Scholarship Applicant's DD214
  14. Has the Scholarship Applicant received an AER scholarship previously?
  15. What is the Scholarship Applicant's major course of study?
  16. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the Scholarship Applicant will be enrolled in college as a:
  17. What is the Scholarship Applicant's planned college enrollment for FALL 2023?
  18. What is the Scholarship Applicant's planned college enrollment for SPRING 2024?
  19. What is the Scholarship Applicant's planned college enrollment for SUMMER 2024?
  20. Upload the Scholarship Applicant's complete transcript showing all courses and cumulative GPA through the most recently completed term. Please read the help text on this question to understand the information that MUST be included on your transcript.
  21. If the Scholarship Applicant has an additional transcript, please upload it here:
  22. Enter the Scholarship Applicant's current cumulative GPA (through the most recently completed term) on an unweighted 4.0 scale.
  23. Upload the Scholarship Applicant's COMPLETE (all pages) 2023-2024 Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA as a pdf. We do not accept the FAFSA confirmation, FAFSA Summary, acknowledgement pages, or screenshots of the first page. Please read the help text on this question for more information.
  24. Enter the Scholarship Applicant's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) shown on the top of the 1st page of the Student Aid Report (SAR). Please read the help text for this question for more information about your EFC limit.
  25. The Scholarship Applicant's Soldier Sponsor's Military Branch is:
  26. Soldier Sponsor's First Name
  27. Soldier Sponsor's Middle Name
  28. Soldier Sponsor's Last Name
  29. Sponsor Soldier's Suffix (Jr., III, etc.)
  30. Soldier Sponsor's DoD ID Number (DO NOT ENTER THE SSN OR BENEFITS NUMBER)
  31. Soldier Sponsor's Current Rank
  32. Soldier Sponsor's Duty Status
  33. Based on your answer above, please upload the following:
    • Active Duty - upload Soldier Sponsor's most recent LES or Title 10 Orders
    • Deceased Active - upload Soldier Sponsor's Casualty Report
    • Retired - upload Soldier Sponsor's DD214
  34. Soldier Sponsor's ETS Date (if active duty)
  35. What is the name of the nearest Army installation?
  36. By entering your name below, the Scholarship Applicant acknowledges they have read this statement.

    Disclosure Statement: Since Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a nonprofit corporation, the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552c) is not applicable. However, AER wants participants to be fully aware and acknowledge the need for and required use of the information provided.

    Participation in the AER Scholarship Programs is voluntary. All requested information is required for participation. The requested information will be used to verify identity and determine eligibility of applicants. Also, the requested information will be used to publicize scholarship recipients in various publications and via social media.
  37. By entering your name below, the Scholarship Applicant agrees to the following:

    I voluntarily give required confidential information with this application to allow proper evaluation of the identity and eligibility of applicant for an AER scholarship. I understand this consent permits AER to disclose information wherever necessary and that AER will not keep record of disclosures of information regarding this scholarship application. I authorize the Scholarship Director, or his/her representative, as required, to verify any information herein by contacting an appropriate office or official. I agree the information provided on the application is correct and complete to the best of my knowledge.
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