Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship

Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship to assist them with their higher education tuition. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit through an application process that is evaluated by a committee. Gruber scholarships are for one year only but recipients can re-apply and receive the award up to four times. The blinded veteran family member is not required to be a BVA member for the spouse or child to receive a scholarship.

Kathern "Kay" Gruber was one of BVA's early pioneers as an advisor to the organization and became acquainted with the organization while serving in the mid-1940s as the American Foundation for the Blind's Director of Services for the War Blind. Kay attended all of the BVA conventions for several decades, sitting through all of the Board of Directors meetings and offering counsel and advice. She also served on a key advisory group in 1948 that made recommendations to VA regarding the care and rehabilitation of the war blinded. She further assisted in the establishment of the first comprehensive Blind Rehabilitation Center at the VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois. The BVA scholarship program was named after Kathern Gruber at the BVA 40th National Convention (1985) in San Diego, California. 

Scholarship application for the academic year 2017-18 is now available (below). All submissions are due by April 21, 2017. For additional assistance, please contact Scholarship Coordinator, at 202-371-8880, Ext. 313; or email bjones@bva.org.

2016-2017 Award Winners:

  • Arjchara Colonel
    Attending the University of Florida
  • Adoria Hughes
    Attending Troy University
  • Cassandra Laughrey
    Attending University of St. Augustine
  • Patrick Marcinko
    Attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • Robinson Richardson
    Attending Purdue University
  • Kathryn Thibault
    Attending University of Minnesota Twin Cities