Anthony Tellez, a graduate social work student at The University of Texas at El Paso, has been selected to receive the 2019 Ima Hogg Scholarship from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
“The Ima Hogg Foundation along with my professors and instructors are providing me with invaluable kindness, nurturing and support,” Tellez said. “As a future social worker, I will never forget those who have guided me and lent a helping hand to help me realize and fulfill my goal of one day becoming a competent and compassionate mental health professional.”
The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to second-year graduate students who demonstrate a strong commitment to providing mental health services in Texas after they graduate.
Tellez received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UTEP in 2017. He expects to graduate from the Master of Social Work program in the College of Health Sciences in May 2020.
According to the Hogg Foundation, 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.
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 Ima Hogg to address the need for more trained social workers to provide quality mental health services in Texas.