The Hogg Foundation introduced a groundbreaking bilingual scholarship program in 2008 to increase cultural and linguistic diversity in the Texas mental health workforce. The program is also helping to build diversity in higher education programs for mental health professions. The statewide program was the first of its kind in Texas. Hundreds of students have received the scholarships to date.
Scholarships are available at Texas graduate schools of social work that are accredited or pending accreditation by the national Council on Social Work Education. The scholarships pay full tuition and fees and may be available for spring, summer or fall semesters, depending on the individual school’s academic program.
Studies have shown that populations of color and people who speak a language other than English are under-represented in mental health professions in Texas and elsewhere in the United States. As a result, many people may not have access to mental health services that adequately meet their cultural and linguistic needs.
- Be accepted as a new student by a Texas graduate social work program that is accredited or in candidacy for accreditation by the national Council on Social Work Education.
- Be fluent in English and a second language chosen by the school, typically Spanish.
- Commit to working in Texas after graduation providing mental health services for a period equal to the timeframe of the scholarship.
- Meet any additional selection criteria required by the program of their choice.
Under this grant program, the foundation does not directly fund scholarships to students. Scholarships are funded directly through a grant from the foundation to eligible Texas graduate schools of social work. Therefore, all inquiries regarding the bilingual scholarships awards should be directed to the graduate school of social work in which you have an interest.
- Contact the graduate program of your choice for deadlines and forms. Each program has its own scholarship application schedule and review process, including assessing the linguistic fluency of applicants and selecting nominees.
- Submit your scholarship application directly to the graduate program. The foundation does not accept applications directly from students.
- Your school will select scholarship finalists and submit their application packets to the foundation for final approval.
- You will be contacted by your school when the scholarship recipients have been selected.
Hogg Program Officer
Rick Ybarra serves as program officer for the Hogg Foundation and leads the Integrated Health Care Initiative. With over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in both private and public sector behavioral health, Ybarra’s policy and program experience extends to county, state and national efforts promoting reforms, public policies and clinical practice to improve effective service delivery and health equity for racial/ethnic populations. Ybarra joined the foundation in 2007. For more on Ybarra, see his bio.
For scholarship application process and eligibility requirements, contact the graduate program of your choice.
Dr. Cheryl Sawyer of the University of Houston-Clear Lake has evaluated the implementation and outcomes of the program. The evaluation involved collecting information from staff and faculty involved with the programs, as well as from current and former students who received the scholarship. Learn more