Call for Applications – Stephany June Bryan Scholarship

Stephany June Bryan Bold Spirit of Achievement Scholarship

Key Dates
Grants management system (Fluxx) registration deadline Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 11:59 pm Central Time
Scholarship Application Deadline Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 12 pm Central Time
Award Selection, Winners Notified January 2023
Scholarships Announced at the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference February 7-8, 2023
Scholarship Grant Term March 1, 2023-February 29, 2024

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is offering two $5,000 scholarships, in honor of Stephany June Bryan, to support the financial impact of living with a mental health challenge and/or caring for a person with a mental health challenge and the need for financial aid to advance education or training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Was Stephany?

Stephany was a beloved Senior Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison at the Hogg Foundation for over 12 years, until her passing from COVID-19 and other health complications. She brought incredible insight, transparency, and humor to her work and to everything she touched. Stephany spent over 20 years fighting for equitable services, supports, and systems change for persons historically denied a seat at the table.

Stephany attended Southwest Texas State University with a scholarship in music; however, when life got in the way of her continuing her education, Stephany spent years caring for loved ones with mental health challenges, while striving to achieve her own wellness and continue her journey of recovery.

Even with her many gifts and contributions, as a life-long learner, Stephany still wanted to complete her college degree.

Due to her circumstances, Stephany was not able to afford school. These scholarships are intended to help others, in the same way Stephany needed back then. To support the financial impact of living with a mental health challenge and/or caring for a person with a mental health challenge, and the need for financial aid to advance education or training.

Connection to the Conference

One of Stephany’s favorite educational events was the annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference (CTAAFSC), where she was involved since its inception. To honor Stephany’s passions, personal goals, and her love and commitment to this conference, these scholarships will be awarded at the CTAAFSC on February 7-8, 2023, with award preference given to individuals for whom the conference is most intended. Conference registration fee will be covered by the foundation. Attendance is not required but encouraged. Awardees will be notified prior to the conference.

Decision Criteria

There is a preference for people residing in Central Texas and awards will be chosen based on:

  • Lived experience with a mental health challenge and/or caring for a loved one with a mental health challenge.
  • Financial impact of living with a mental health challenge and/or caring for a loved one with a mental health challenge.
  • Need for financial support to advance education/training.
  • Impact of living as a Black, Indigenous or Other Person of Color (BIPOC).

Application Information

Applicants are asked to respond to the following questions in our Fluxx online grant management system.

  1. Please share your experience living with a mental health challenge and/or caring for a loved one with a mental health challenge. Please discuss how this has impacted your ability to further your goals in education/training.
    1. For example: Having to choose paying for wellness supports (therapy, medication, etc.) and basic needs (food, rent, etc.) over the cost of education.
    2. For example: Managing stressors of daily life including caring for children with special mental health needs and how this made your educational goals unattainable.
  1. Please share how your lived experience as someone who identifies as BIPOC has impacted your life, financial situation, mental health, and/or the mental health of a loved one.
  2. What educational, trade school, or training program are you enrolled in or planning to enroll in?  How long will it take you to complete the program? If awarded, can you supply a verification of enrollment document from the institution/organization?
  3. This scholarship is a $5,000 award. How do you intend to use the funds and over what time period?
  4. Applicants should have one reference letter submitted directly to hogg-grants@austin.utexas.edu by the individual who wrote them, not the scholarship applicant. Letters can be from anyone who has known the applicant for over a year (i.e., friend, peer supporter, etc.) and can speak to the reasons the applicant is applying. Contact information should be submitted and by applying, the applicant gives permission for the foundation to contact their referral.

Application Process

Step 1. Registration

The Hogg Foundation uses an online grants management system called Fluxx. Applicants must register before the application due date and no later than 11:59 pm, Central Time (CT), on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Follow the instructions on the right-hand side of the screen, then proceed to Step 2. If you have registered in Fluxx in the past, enter the username and password previously used to confirm your registration, then proceed to Step 2. If you have forgotten your Fluxx password, please follow the instructions on the right-hand side of the screen, then proceed to Step 2. If you experience technical issues registering in Fluxx or have questions about the application process, please email grants management staff at hogg-grants@austin.utexas.edu.

Step 2. Enter Application Information

The next step is to enter application information online into Fluxx. Answers must be provided for all questions to be considered for funding. All narrative responses must be answered in the open fields in Fluxx in the Grant Application Details section.


Frequently Asked Questions

In an effort to offer a fair and equitable application process, the foundation does not accept phone calls except for questions related to technical issues. Questions about the scholarship or application process may be emailed to hogg-grants@austin.utexas.edu. Answers to questions that may have information that might be helpful and relevant to other potential applicants will be posted below. Check this page before your final submission for additional helpful information.

Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply?
Individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC) and enrolled/enrolling in an educational or training opportunity for professional development or growth and need financial assistance to attend.

What types of training and education are allowed?
Any educational or training opportunity that moves the applicant toward personal/professional goals.

Why Central Texas?
Stephany Bryan was involved in the development of the CTAAFSC since it’s inception over 20 years ago and because the conference meant so much to her, we are honoring her legacy by aligning her passion with the scholarships being given to individuals the conference.

I am not in Central Texas. Can I apply?
Absolutely, although there is a preference for Central Texas due to the CTAAFSC, this call for applications is statewide.

I live in El Paso (or Dallas, Harlingen, Lubbock, etc.). Can I still apply?
Absolutely, although there is a preference for Central Texas due to the CTAAFSC, this call for applications is statewide.

Do I have to be enrolled in an educational/ training opportunity when I apply??
Not at the time of submission, but enrollment verification will need to occur, if awarded.

I applied last year and did not receive an award. May I apply again?
Yes.

Funding

Are there any restrictions on use of funds?
Any reasonable use of funds that moves the applicant toward educational or training opportunities personal/professional goals. For instance: cost of tuition, cost of car repairs to get to and from school, computer for online classes, etc.

What if I can’t enroll in college (or university, trade school, classes, etc.) without the funds?
Let us know your situation and we will work with you.

Application Requirements

What should be included in the letter of reference?
The letter of reference should include the applicant’s name, the reference writer’s name, the relationship between the applicant and the reference writer and the length of time of the relationship. Any details the reference writer can include about the applicant’s experiences with mental health and/or living as a person of color would be encouraged.

Who should the letter of reference be from?
The letter of reference should be from someone who has known the applicant for at least one year and is aware of the applicant’s educational or training personal/professional goals and aspirations..

When will applicants be notified of the opportunity to submit a full proposal?
Applicants will be notified no later than January 31, 2023.

How detailed does the budget need to be?
A formal budget is not necessary. A simple list of planned expenditures is sufficient. For example:

  • Gas to and from school $500
  • Laptop $2,000
  • ACC tuition $1,500
  • Books $500
  • Home internet service $500

Additional Questions

Will there be a teleconference? No, the foundation will not host an informational teleconference for this funding opportunity. Any questions can be emailed to hogg-grants@austin.utexas.edu. . Questions will be answered by email within 48 business hours and will be posted here if applicable to other applicants.


Definitions

BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.

Central Texas: The foundation based the Central Texas area we are using as a preference on Texas Health and Human Services Map, Region 7: Central Texas.

Central Texas African American Family Support Conference: From the CTAAFSC website: “The inaugural Central Texas African American Family Support conference, held in November 2000, was the first conference in Texas and only the third in the United States to focus on the healthcare needs of African Americans. The conference was born from a desire to confront the systems and cultural bias that have resulted in African Americans facing barriers to health care access. Tools and resources that build well-being have often been out of reach for the black community. The belief that when people have a strong foundation of physical and mental health, they can reach their full potential drove the creation of the conference.”

Consumer & Family Liaison: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health full-time position developed in 2008 to include the voices of mental health consumers and family members in all work of the foundation.

Mental Health Challenge: The foundation uses this phrase to encompass mental health diagnoses as well as those experiences that relate to mental health symptomology but are not necessarily diagnosed.


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