Thomas H Miller Scholarship

Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the Thomas H. Miller Awards to assist them with their higher education tuition, with a focus on the fine arts. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit through an application process that is evaluated by a committee. Miller 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.

For portions of four decades, Thomas H. Miller has served as an advocate for blinded veterans and their families, first as a member of the BVA Board of Directors and later as a full-time staff member of the organization. From 1979 to 1984, he occupied the elected positions of National Secretary, Vice President, and President. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a full-time employee in 1986, assuming the post of Director of Government Relations until his appointment as Executive Director in 1994. Tom has amassed a lengthy list of contributions, accomplishments, and professional relationships that have enhanced BVA's image and prominence for years to come. His service to America's blinded veterans, and their families, is unprecedented and matched by few others. Tom was severely wounded, losing his sight in both eyes, in a landmine explosion in December 1967 while supervising the securing of an enemy minefield in Vietnam.

Scholarship application for the academic year 2019-20 is now available. All submissions are due by: April 19th, 2019 . For additional assistance, please contact Scholarship Coordinator, at 202-371-8880, Ext. 330; or email

2016-2017 Award Winners:

  • Rachel Bianculli
    Attending Manhattan College