Bilingual Scholarships for Mental Health Workforce
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.
Scholarships were made available at all 12 Texas graduate schools of social work that are accredited or pending accreditation by the national Council on Social Work Education. The scholarships paid full tuition and fees.
The bilingual scholarship program was launched in 2008 and has awarded a total of 123 scholarships since its inception to students seeking a master’s degree in social work at universities including:
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.
Questions: Contact Rick Ybarra, Program Officer
The Hogg Foundation supports community efforts to build resilience and improve mental health in environments where people live, learn, work, pray and play.
Reports and Publications
The Hogg Foundation has released several reports related to bilingual mental health services, including Bilingual Scholarships in Texas for Mental Health Workforce Diversity and Increasing Cultural and Linguistic Competency in the Mental Health Workforce.
Making a Difference: A Q&A with Hogg Bilingual Scholar Kathryn Kelly
We caught up with Kathryn Kelly, MSW, a recent graduate of the master of social work program at Texas State University, to ask her about her experience as a Hogg Bilingual Scholarship recipient.
Meet the 2013 bilingual scholarship recipients
These MSW students have committed to working in Texas after graduation providing mental health services for a period equal to the timeframe of the scholarship. Scholarship recipients receive full tuition and fees.