The South Puget Sound Woodturners supports the Blinded Veterans Association Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program. The purpose of the scholarship program, as described on the BVA website:
Spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Awards 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 reapply 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.
Members of SPSW are encouraged to donate a turned item to the Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary for their silent auction, held in conjunction with their annual National Convention. Funds from the auction help fund BVA the scholarship program. Donations can be given to SPSW member Bob Mower who is an active member of the BVA.
The BVA is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Charity based on meeting all 20 of the BBB’s Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB report can be found here.