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Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder
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Dr. Martin C. MihmVBF is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, tumor, or syndrome to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment, provides informational resources as well as sponsors physician education, mobilizes medical missions trips, and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with birthmarks. VBF accomplishes its mission through research, education and advocacy on the international, national, state and community levels.


Since its inception in 1994, VBF has successfully networked thousands of children and adults into treatment, sponsored significant research, educated physicians and affected family members about the diagnosis and treatment of vascular birthmarks and has established chapters all over the world. VBF is pleased to announce our scholarship program, which supports students with vascular birthmarks and honors Dr. Martin Mihm, Jr. for his outstanding work in the research of Vascular Birthmarks. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in the field of public health, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research.


Funds are limited and we anticipate that scholarships will be competitive. Scholarships will be limited to $1,000. The VBF Board of Directors Scholarship Committee will evaluate each of the applicants and make a decision in July of each calendar year. It is the discretion of the Scholarship Committee to determine how many scholarships will be awarded each year. Scholarship payments will be paid directly to the recipient's school.


The VBF board and staff are excited to be able to offer this program and support the efforts and dedication of students who have chosen to pursue higher education in the disability and health fields.



  • Applicant must be enrolled or anticipate enrollment as a full time student in an undergraduate or graduate school.
  • Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited United States university.
  •  Applicant will be required to conduct a charitable event during the school year. 



  • Applicant must provide a Personal Statement that is a maximum of 800 words and includes a brief personal history regarding education and goals, extracurricular activities, humanitarian work to date, and reason you should be selected by the committee. If applicant has a vascular birthmark, tumor, or syndrome, a description should be included. This statement must be written solely by the applicant.
  • Applicant must provide two 2 Letters of Recommendation. One must be from a teacher or academic advisor. Letters may be uploaded while applying, sent by U. S. mail, or sent by email attachment as pdf and should include the signature of the teacher or advisor, and the name of student should appear in the subject line of the email.
  • Applicant must provide an official copy of high school or college transcript, which may be uploaded while applying, sent by U. S. mail, or sent by email attachment as pdf. 
  • Applicant must agree to allow VBF to use their name, picture andor story in future scholarship materials.


Please attach your supporting materials and email to: Scholarship Committee at If this is not possible, please mail documents to:


Scholarship Committee
Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
PO Box 106
Latham, NY 12110


Only completed applications will be considered and must be postmarked and/or received by email no later than June 1.


Requested Amount
$ 1,000.00
Name and Address of Mihm Scholarship Applicant
Scholarship Applicant
In the space below, please provide a personal statement addressing your educational and career goals, an overview of your extracurricular activities - including examples of humanitarian work to date - and why you believe you should be selected for the VBF Scholarship. This statement must be written solely by you, the applicant.
In the space below, please include a description of your birthmark, tumor, or related syndrome.
Please provide one clear photograph showing your birthmark.