Posted on July 2, 2019 by Michelle Skidmore

(July 3, 2019) — Texas faces a mental health workforce shortage, and the quality of mental health is lacking. The Ima Hogg Scholarship addresses this need and the need to fill more trained mental health care practitioners in the state of Texas. Thanks to the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Elaine Cantu, a Master of Social Work student, is one step away from reaching her goal towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Recipients for the Ima Hogg Scholarship are selected on the basis of academic achievement and a commitment to providing mental health services after graduation, according to the Hogg Foundation’s website. Applicants must be pursing his or her Master of Social Work degree at one of the 17 Texas graduate programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

“I'm honored and grateful to have received the confidence and support of the Hogg Foundation as being the recipient of the 2019 Ima Hogg Scholarship,” said Cantu.

“The award will allow me to further my education and enable me to shine a light on the mental health area. Mental health resources are severely lacking in our community. My goal is to advocate for clients and their families by giving them a voice.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Master of Social Work program among the top 100 social work graduate programs in the nation and No. 5 in Texas.

— Michelle Skidmore