Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, BVA will award seven total scholarships, six under the Kathern F. Gruber program umbrella for $2,000 each and one $1,000 scholarship through the newly established Thomas H. Miller program.
The new Miller program qualifications are the same as those for the Gruber awards except for an added emphasis on music and fine arts. The scholarship committee will choose seven recipients and three alternates.
Dependent children, grandchildren, and spouses of blinded veterans, and those of active duty blinded service members of the U.S. Armed Forces, are eligible for the scholarships. The veteran must be legally blind and the blindness may either be service connected or nonservice connected. The veteran need not be a member of the Blinded Veterans Association his/her dependent to be eligible.
An applicant must have been accepted for admission, or already be enrolled, as a full-time student in an accredited institution of higher education or business, secretarial, or vocational training school.
The scholarships, now in their 29th year, are intended to defray a student’s educational expenses, including tuition, books, and other academic fees. Scholarship payments will be made by BVA directly to the educational institution.
Applications for the scholarships may be obtained from the Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Completed applications and supporting materials must be returned to BVA no later than Friday, April 20, 2012. Due to time constraints related to processing the applications for the scholarship committee’s review, applications arriving subsequent to the aforementioned deadline will not be accepted.
The scholarships will be awarded on a “most-highly-qualified” basis utilizing the following criteria: answers to questions on the application form; transcripts of high school and/or college records; three letters of reference; and a 300-word essay relating to the applicant’s career goals and aspirations.
Scholarships are awarded for one year only. Applicants are advised that the BVA National Board of Directors has determined that Gruber and Miller scholarship recipients are limited to a total of four scholarships during their college careers.