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BVA will award seven total higher education scholarships for the 2021-22 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.

The Gruber scholarship program is now in its 38th year. The Miller program, now in its ninth year, requires the same application process and qualifications as the Gruber awards except for an added emphasis on music and the fine arts. The scholarship committee will choose seven total recipients for both awards and two alternates.

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 nonservice connected. The spouse or parent who qualifies as the blinded veteran does not have to be a BVA member. 

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 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; a 300-word-essay on the applicant’s lifetime educational/career goals and aspirations, and 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.

Applications for the scholarships may be obtained from or by request via email to: or by calling 202-371-8880, Ext 330.

To qualify for the 2021-22 academic year, applicants must send completed applications and supporting materials so that they arrive at BVA National Headquarters by Friday, April 16, 2021.

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.    

For more information, please contact Administrative Director Brigitte Jones at 202-371-8880, Ext. 330.


Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship and Thomas H. Miller Scholarship 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.

Qualifications for both scholarships are the same except for an added emphasis on music and fine arts for the Miller award.

The complete application package, including instructions and a press release, can be downloaded below.

Kathern F. Gruber and Thomas H. Miller scholarship application for the academic years 2021-22 is now available. All submissions for scholarships are due by Friday, April 16, 2021. The Scholarship Committee usually meets to make decisions in early June. For additional assistance or information, please contact Brigitte Jones at 202-371-8880, Ext. 330 or

Kathern F. Gruber scholarship winner for 2020-2021 academic years:

  • Maryssa Fairbanks, Tucson, AZ – Northern Arizona University


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