(May 18, 2011)--University of Texas at San Antonio graduate students Federico Cantu and Jennifer Quinones have been awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. Both are students in the Department of Social Work in the College of Public Policy.
Cantu returned to UTSA for graduate studies after receiving his bachelor's degree in social work. He also earned a master's in business administration through the University of Phoenix. Cantu works with the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio and formerly was with the Department of Family and Protective Services in Houston.
"My ultimate goal is to open an education center where both individuals and their families can learn about disorders and treatment options," he said. "Family support is one of the best methods to help manage an individual's diagnosis."
Quinones also returned to UTSA for a master's degree after receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology. In addition to her interest in social work, Quinones spent time working as a research scientist associate for the UTSA Department of Biology.
"As a social worker, I plan to tap into the knowledge I have gained through my studies to better serve the Spanish-speaking population in Texas," she said.
The scholarships are part of a statewide strategy to increase Spanish-language mental health services. The strategy has proven so successful that the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is investing an additional $1.5 million to extend the program three more years.
The foundation pays tuition and fees for new bilingual students entering graduate social work programs in Texas. In return, students agree to provide mental health services in Texas for a period equal to the timeframe of the scholarship. The foundation has awarded 82 scholarships in just two years.
The Hogg Foundation was founded in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James Hogg to improve mental health for the people of Texas. The foundation is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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