BVA’s Kathern F. Gruber and Thomas H. Miller scholarships are available to spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans to assist them with their higher education tuition. These military dependent scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit through an application process that is evaluated by a committee. Gruber and Miller scholarships for veterans’ dependents 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, child, or grandchild to receive a scholarship.

The Kathern F. Gruber and Thomas H. Miller Scholarship Programs were established to support and assist spouses, children, and grandchildren of legally blind veterans. Successful applicants for the scholarships have demonstrated excellence in their past academic work and promising potential for achievement in higher education pursuits. The selection criteria for awarding the scholarships are merit-based with candidates evaluated by a committee.


Gruber and Miller scholarships for veterans’ dependents are for one year only but recipients can re-apply and receive the award up to four times during their academic careers. The recipient’s spouse, parent, or grandparent is not required to be a member of the Blinded Veterans Association to be eligible for the scholarship. Qualifications for both the Gruber and Miller scholarship are the same except for an added emphasis and intent to study music or the fine arts for the Miller award.


Annual scholarship details are announced in December of each year for the subsequent academic year beginning in the fall. The announcement includes detailed instructions, an application form, and the press release that announces the number of scholarships available for the upcoming year and their corresponding dollar amounts. These materials can be accessed here.


The scholarships must be used to defray a student’s cost of expenses for tuition, books, or other academic fees and are payable directly to the institution at the beginning of the fall and spring terms of study. At the time of application, candidates must have already been accepted for admission or be attending an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited institution of higher education or business, secretarial, or vocational training schools as a full-time student.


All submissions for scholarships must be postmarked on or before Friday, April 29, 2022, and directed to:
Blinded Veterans Association
Attn: Scholarship Committee
1101 King Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314


The Scholarship Committee meets in early June to make scholarship determinations. For additional assistance or information, contact BVA at 202-371-8880 or at


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BVA will award seven total higher education scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year, six under the Kathern F. Gruber program umbrella for $2,000 each and one $1,000 scholarship in the name of Thomas H. Miller.


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 be either service connected or non-service connected.  Membership in BVA by the blinded veteran is not required.


Additionally, to be eligible for one of the scholarships, 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 are intended to be used 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.


Scholarships will be awarded on a "most-highly-qualified" basis utilizing the following criteria: answers to questions in the application form; transcripts of high school and/or college records; three letters of reference; and a 300-word-essay on the applicant's lifetime educational or career goals and aspirations, as well as past awards and achievements.


Each scholarship is awarded for one year only and the number of scholarships recipients may receive
under each program is limited to four.


The Miller program, now in its 10th year, requires the same application process and qualifications as the Gruber program, now in its 39th year, except for an added emphasis on music and the fine arts. The Scholarship Committee will choose seven total recipients and two alternates.


Applications for the scholarships and additional information may be obtained here or by emailing


To qualify for the 2022-23 academic year, applicants must send completed applications and supporting materials so that they arrive at BVA National Headquarters (mailing address is included on application form) by Friday, April 29, 2022.


Due to time constraints related to processing the applications for the Scholarship Committee's review, applications arriving after the deadline will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be submitted to the Scholarship Committee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure a complete application.

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