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.

Every Texas-based graduate school of social work, accredited or pending accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education, is invited to recommend one student to receive an Ima Hogg Scholarship. The foundation awards only one scholarship per university per year. 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.

Applicants must:

  • Be pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW or MSSW) at one of the 18 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 hogg-grants@austin.utexas.edu

Recent Grantees

2019 Recipients
  • Ashli Andrews, West Texas A&M University
  • Laci Bach, Abilene Christian University
  • Deandra Bueno, Texas A&M University–Kingsville
  • Elaine Cantu, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Chris Carrillo, Texas Tech University
  • Shae Ebrahimi, University of North Texas – Texas Women’s University 
  • Bianca Escobar, The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
  • Martha Flores, Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Yumiko Kasai, Texas A&M University–Commerce
  • Julia Lasker, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Elizabeth Leclaire, University of Houston
  • Ivon Mendoza, Texas State University
  • Samantha Ostendorp, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Anthony Tellez, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Megan Thielman, Texas Christian University
  • Amanda Tindell, Tarleton State University
  • Najeeah Smith, Baylor University
  • Alicia Vera, Stephen F. Austin State University

Read more about the 2019 Ima Hogg Scholarship recipients.

2018 Recipients
  • 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.