|Why did the Hogg Foundation create a bilingual scholarship program?|
The demand for bilingual social workers is greater than ever. Populations of color are under-represented in mental health professions and are far less likely to receive effective mental health services that meet their cultural and linguistic needs. The bilingual scholarship program highlights the need for greater diversity in the state’s mental health workforce, while also helping to meet that need. The program also increases diversity in higher education programs for mental health professions.
|How does the program work?|
Participating Texas schools manage the scholarship application process and submit a list of finalists to the Hogg Foundation for approval. If you'd like to apply for a scholarship, contact the school of your choice to learn more about the application process and deadlines.
|How do I apply?|
Contact your eligible school of choice directly for information about the scholarships and the application process.
|Can I get a scholarship if I'm already a graduate social work student?|
No, the scholarships are limited to new students.
|What languages are included in the scholarship program?|
The program initially was limited to students who speak English and Spanish. Based on the program's success, the Hogg Foundation is expanding the program in fall 2010 to allow other languages. Universities first must provide a community data profile that demonstrates the need for another language and a plan for assessing applicants' fluency in that language.
|Are all graduate schools of social work in Texas eligible to participate in the program?|
The program is limited to graduate social work programs in Texas that are accredited or pending accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. Currently, 12 schools fit this criteria.
|What are the criteria for awarding the scholarships?|
Students must be accepted to an eligible school, fluent in both languages, and agree to work in Texas after graduation providing mental health services for a period equal to the timeframe of the scholarship. Individual schools may have additional requirements.
|How will the language fluency of applicants be assessed?|
Each school has developed a process to assess linguistic fluency of applicants. For example, some schools interview applicants in both languages and include bilingual faculty, staff, community members or mental health professionals on an interview committee. Others may also require a written test.