Blinded Veterans Association Seeking Applicants for the 2017-2018 Academic Year Scholarships

Are you a Veteran with a visual impairment or the family member of a Veteran with visual impairment pursuing a college degree or post-secondary educational program? Well the Blinded Veterans Association annually offers seven scholarships ranging between $1,000 and $2,000. The BVA is a national non-profit organization concerned with the welfare of blinded veterans. Founded in 1945 by a group of veterans who were blinded in World War II, the BVA is chartered by the U. S. Congress and serves as the official representative of blinded veterans throughout the United States.

The BVA aims to award seven scholarships for the 2017-2018 Academic year. The Kathern F. Gruber scholarship program offers six $2,000 scholarships, while the Thomas H. Miller Scholarship Program provides one awardee a $1,000 scholarship. Basic Applicants must be a:

  • Dependent child, grandchild, or spouse of a Veteran with legal blindness
  • Veteran or Service Member of the US Armed Forces with legal blindness
  • Enrolled in an acceptable program for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Enrolled as a full-time student
  • Legal blindness status may stem from natural causes, age related conditions, military service related, or other situation resulting in a Veteran or Service Member becoming legally blind.

    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 the BVA directly to the educational institution.
    Applications for the scholarships may be obtained from our website: Requests can also be made by email to: or by mailing your request to: Blinded Veterans Association, 125 N. West Street, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314.
    Completed applications and supporting materials must be returned to the BVA by no later than Friday, April 21, 2017 to qualify for the 2017-2018 academic year scholarship program. Due to time constraints related to processing the applications for the Scholarship Committee’s review, applications arriving subsequent to the aforementioned deadline WILL NOT be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be submitted to the scholarship committee. It is the responsibility of the applicant not BVA to ensure a complete application.
    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 post-education, lifetime career goals and aspirations.
    Each scholarship is awarded for one year only. Applicants are advised that the number of scholarships a recipient may receive under each program will be limited to four (4).

    The majority of this post was copied from an email announcement by the Blinded Veterans Association.