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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.