GCSW student, Jamie Chinn named a Hogg Scholar

Hogg Foundation Awards Scholarship to University of Houston Graduate Student

AUSTIN, Texas – Jamie Chinn, a student at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, is one of 11 students in Texas to receive the 2012 Ima Hogg Scholarship for Mental Health. The $5,000 scholarships are awarded to graduate students of social work who have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing mental health services after graduation.

Ms. Chinn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Prairie View A&M University. After working as a direct care professional at Bethesda Lutheran Home, a community for people with mental and physical disabilities, she realized she wanted to supplement her passion for service with the clinically relevant experience and knowledge that come with a master’s degree.

Ms. Chinn aspires to become a clinical social worker with a specialization in mental health disparities, contributing to the field by addressing issues of cultural competency during diagnosis and disparities in treatment among different populations.

“I truly believe that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others,” Ms. Chinn said. “Social work is not only just about social justice, empowerment and advocacy, but simple human nature of caring for and enriching the lives of people who are often times stigmatized by mainstream society. This scholarship has definitely cemented my educational goals. In my career as a social worker, I hope to contribute to de-stigmatizing mental illness and bringing together interdisciplinary teams to address gaps in treatment of mental illness within the black community.”

The Ima Hogg Scholarship for Mental Health, established in 1956, addresses the need for more trained social workers who can deliver quality mental health services for Texans.

“Over fifty years after this scholarship program was established by Miss Hogg, it continues to be significant as Texas faces a widening gap between demand for and availability of mental health professionals,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation.

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.