BVA will award seven total scholarships for the 2015-16, six under the Kathern F. Gruber classification and one through the Thomas H. Miller program.
The Gruber scholarships are valued at $2,000 each and the Miller scholarship is for $1,000.
The Miller program, now in its third year, requires the same application process and qualifications as 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 both blinded veterans and 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 be either service connected or nonservice connected. The veteran need not be a member of the Blinded Veterans Association.
To be eligible for the scholarship, 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.
BVA began its first scholarship program more than 30 years ago. The awards 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.
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 as well as past awards and achievements.
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.
Applications for the scholarships may be obtained from the Blinded Veterans Association, 125 N. West St, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314, at www.bva.org/services.html (look on Programs page in section entitled “Kathern F. Gruber Scholarships and Thomas H. Miller Awards”), or by emailing the request to email@example.com.
Completed applications and supporting materials must be returned to BVA no later than Friday, April 17, 2015. 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.