The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Application submissions for the 2021-22 academic year are now open. Applications are due by April 30, 2021. 

Through the VBF Scholarship Program, students who are living with a vascular birthmark, anomaly, or associated syndrome can receive financial assistance to pursue their educational goals.



Dr. Roy G. Geronemus Humanitarian Scholarship

Honoring Dr. Roy G. Geronemus for his charitable medical services for families affected by a vascular birthmark, tumor, or syndrome.
Read more about this VBF Scholarship.

Award Value: $1,000*
Academic Program: Undergraduate

GPA Requirement: None

Open to students in any academic field who, like Dr. Geronemus, have exhibited qualities such as caring, compassion, generosity, and who have donated time and service to help others in need.

Frank Catalanotto Perseverance Scholarship

Honoring VBF Co-Chairs Frank and Barbara Catalanotto for their tireless efforts to raise awareness for vascular birthmarks and their ongoing support of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation.
Read more about this VBF Scholarship.

Award Value: $1,000*
Academic Program: Undergraduate or Graduate

GPA Requirement: None

Open to students in any academic area who have demonstrated through their living with a vascular birthmark that they have both the “heart and hustle” qualities of life. Frank Catalanotto is a former Major League Baseball Player, the father of a child who had a vascular birthmark and was helped by VBF, and author of “Heart and Hustle,” a book chronicling his dream and journey to play in the big leagues. Frank’s story stresses the importance of persistence, tenacity, and perseverance for any child told that he or she is not good enough, was left behind, or was excluded from some team, club, or group.

Dr. Martin C. Mihm Health Career Scholarship

Honoring Dr. Martin Mihm, Jr. for his outstanding work in the research of vascular birthmarks.
Read more about this VBF Scholarship.

Award Value: $1,000*
Academic Program: Undergraduate

GPA Requirement: None

Open to students who choose to pursue a course of study in public health, health promotion, disability studies (including policy and research), or a related field of disability and health.

Dr. Ana M. Duarte Empowering Scholarship

Honoring Dr. Ana Duarte, MD, FAAP, FAAD, for her charitable medical services and tireless efforts to promote scholarship, academics, and empowerment in women. Three awards of $1000 each are available. Read more about this VBF Scholarship.

Award Value: $1,000*
Academic Program: Undergraduate or Graduate

GPA Requirement: None

Open to female students in any academic area who, like Dr. Duarte, seek to empower women through academic success, leadership, and scholarship.

*One-time award for each scholarship; recipients may not reapply for the same scholarship.


Applicant must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (freshman or greater status) of an accredited United States university;
  • Be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US;
  • Have a birthmark and provide documentation of their birthmark, if it is not visible;
  • We encourage applicants to organize and conduct a VBF Day of Awareness campaign on their college campus to advocate for birthmark awareness and to raise funds for the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation.


Applicants must complete the VBF Scholarship Program Application containing:

  • Personal Statement (maximum of 800 words, double spaced), including brief personal history regarding educational/career goals, extra-curricular activities, humanitarian work to date, and the reason why you should be selected by the Committee.
    The statement must be written solely by the applicant.
  • At least one clear photograph and description of their birthmark, tumor, or related syndrome.
  • Permission for VBF to use the scholarship recipient’s name, picture and/or story in VBF news articles, annual reports, and/or future scholarship materials.
  • Submit an official copy of their high school/college transcript.
  • Provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation (one each from a teacher and an academic advisor).


  • Online form below completed.
  • Transcript and/or reference letters submitted to
  • All application materials must be provided electronically in either .doc or .pdf formats.
  • Insert photograph showing birthmark within the application.
All materials must be submitted by April 30, 2021

*If provided separately, recommendations should be sent as .pdf e-mail attachments from the teacher or advisor to; the student’s name should appear in the subject line of the email. 

Scholarship Form






  • 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. Also attach transcripts, teacher's recommendation and advisor's recommendation if available.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png.