Dr. Martin Mihm, Jr. & VBF Scholarship Program

Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) and Dr. Martin Mihm, Jr
Launch Scholarship Program
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Scholarships are closed for 2016! Please visit next year to apply.


Photo of Dr. Martin Mihm VBF 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 degree program (freshman or greater status) and have a birthmark and provide documentation of their birthmark, if it is not visible.


  • Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited United States university.


  • Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, disability research, health promotion or a field related to disability and health.


  • Applicant will be required to conduct a Day of Awareness campaign on their college campus to advocate and raise funds for VBF. Suggestions are available, click here.




  • Applicant must provide a Personal Statement (maximum of 800 words, double spaced), including brief personal history about life with a birthmark, educational/career goals, extra-curricular activities, and reasons why they should be selected by the VBF Scholarship Committee. 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 sent by U. S. mail or 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/college transcript, which can be emailed as a PDF with application.


  • Applicant must agree to allow VBF to use their name, picture and/or story in future scholarship materials.


  • Photograph of birthmark must accompany application (one JPEG).


Please attach your application, supporting materials, etc. and email to: vbfpresident@gmail.com. Place “2016-17 Mihm Scholarship” in subject line. (Please use MS Word for your personal statement and MS Word, if at all possible, and/or PDF for all other documents that are emailed as attachments). 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 July 1.