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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Awards Scholarships

Marquita Johnson, MSW Student was awarded the 2018-2019 Ima Hogg Scholarship award, an annual scholarship of $5,000 to support graduate social work students in Texas. The scholarships are awarded to second year graduate students who demonstrate a strong commitment to providing mental health services after graduation in Texas.

Texas has a mental health workforce problem. As of 2014, 185 Texas counties out of 254 did not have a single psychiatrist, which left more than 3 million Texans without access to a psychiatrist. Worse, 40 counties didn't even have a licensed clinical social worker.

Outside of the state's major urban areas, our mental health workforce is in crisis. The way forward depends on two things: 1) expanding education and training opportunities for people who want to work in mental health, and 2) incentivizing people to work in areas of the state where the need is greatest.

The Ima Hogg Scholarships are one of the ways that the foundation works to address the need for more trained social workers providing quality mental health services in Texas. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement and their commitment to providing mental health services after graduation.

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