Ima Hogg Scholarships
Texas faces a critical mental health workforce shortage, ranking far below the national average in the number of mental health professionals per 100,000 residents. In 2015, 185 Texas counties out of 254 did not have a single psychiatrist, which left more than three million Texans without access to a psychiatrist. Worse, 40 counties didn’t even have a licensed clinical social worker.
The Ima Hogg Scholarship, established in 1956, is one of the ways the foundation works to positively impact mental health services in Texas. The scholarship program was created at the request of founder Miss Ima Hogg to address the need for more trained social workers to provide quality mental health services in Texas.
Each year, the foundation awards 17 scholarships of $5,000 each to graduate students of accredited social work programs in Texas. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement and a commitment to providing mental health services after graduation. Accredited Texas graduate schools of social work (and those awaiting accreditation) are invited to recommend one student for the Ima Hogg Scholarship each year.
Eligibility and Application
Nominations: All applicants must be nominated by the head of their program. Student-submitted applications are not accepted. Students must contact their graduate program’s office for more information.
- Be pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW or MSSW) at one of the 17 Texas graduate programs that are accredited or pending accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.
- Be recommended for the scholarship by the dean or director of the graduate social work program.
- Have completed (or are about to complete) their first year of graduate studies in social work and are prepared to enter their second year in the program in the fall semester. (Students who have been admitted to a one-year advanced standing program beginning in the fall also are eligible.)
- Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in providing mental health services to underserved or underrepresented individuals and their communities in Texas upon obtaining their master’s degree.
- Self-identify the need to receive this award. The need or financial hardship should be addressed in the student’s personal statement.
Applications: All applications must be submitted by the recommending university through Fluxx, the foundation’s online grant portal.
Questions: Contact Stephany Bryan, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison.
The 2018 recipients are:
- Tess Cain, Texas A&M Kingsville
- Genesis Guillen, The University of Texas at San Antonio
- Cynthia Jimenez, The University of Texas at El Paso
- Matquita Johnson, Stephen F. Austin State University
- Lesley Miller, University of Houston
- Jennifer Potter, West Texas A&M University
- Mandy Rama, Texas State University
- Nietta Reynolds, Texas A&M Commerce
- Emily Sabado, Texas Christian University
- Bianca Smith, Baylor University
- Carly Snyder, The University of Texas at Austin
- Erika Villarreal, The University of Texas Rio Grand Valley
- Lauren Vines, Tarleton State University
Read more about the 2018 Ima Hogg Scholarship recipients.