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destination by walking through a wide tunnel and never having to step outdoors. Crystal City is home to one of the nation’s largest underground shopping centers and a host of ethnic restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and popular chain eating establishments, all within walking distance.

Delegates to the 64th National Convention voted to select a site in the State of Nevada, either Las Vegas or Reno, as the venue for the 66th National Convention in 2011. Several hotels in both cities and a variety of event dates are still in the running.

The ultimate decision for 2011 will be based on upcoming evaluations of the hotels against an established set of criteria. These evaluations will be conducted by the BVA Board of Directors and Manager of Conventions.

Bidding for the 67th National Convention in 2012 is now open. Tentative bids already in place are from the following cities and their corresponding regional groups: Houston, Texas; San Francisco, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and San Diego, California.

BVA Scholarships to Assist

Blinded Veteran Dependents

BVA will award six Kathern F. Gruber scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year, according to Brigitte Jones, BVA National Administrative Director. The six scholarships are valued at $2,000 each.

The BVA Scholarship Committee will also select three alternates in case any of the awards cannot be accepted once they are awarded.

Gruber scholarships are limited to spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans, but the blinded veteran in question does not have to be a BVA member. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit by the Committee.

The awards are for a single academic year of study. However, recipients can re-apply to receive them a second, third, or fourth time.

Requests for scholarship applications can be addressed to BVA National Headquarters, Attn: Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program, 477 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. They can also be addressed to Keleeba Scott at 202-371-8880 or kscott@bva.org. Information and applications are also located at www.bva.org/news.html.

Completed applications must arrive at BVA National Headquarters no later than Friday, April 16, 2010.

BVAA Announces

Funds for 2010-11

The Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary (BVAA) will award two Renee Feldman scholarships worth $2,000 and one worth $1,000 for the 2010-11 academic year. The scholarships are open to the spouses and children of blinded veterans and membership in BVA is not required.

To be eligible for a Feldman scholarship, the applicant must have been accepted at the school of his/her choice. The institution in question may be a vocational school, community college, four-year college, or university.

The fees in all cases are paid directly to the school and are intended to defray the cost of tuition, books, and general fees.

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