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UTSA social work student wins renowned scholarship

(Aug. 13, 2008)--Rosanne Dominguez, a second-year master's student in The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Social Work, is one of five recipients of the 2008 Ima Hogg Scholarship for Mental Health.

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health awards up to five $5,000 scholarships annually to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to providing mental health services after graduation. Applicants must be entering the second year of an accredited graduate social work program in Texas and must be nominated by the head of their program.

Dominguez is passionate about working with people who have experienced emotional trauma and with advocacy groups to improve mental health services and policies. A bilingual student who is fluent in English and Spanish, Dominguez also is committed to the goal of improving the cultural competency of Texas mental health services.

"The immediate need in Texas for culturally competent social workers led me to pursue the master's program on a full-time basis. This Ima Hogg scholarship will provide the needed support for my training as a mental health social worker," Dominguez said in a personal essay.

In May, Dominguez completed an internship at Z-Place, a faith-based community center that provides childcare and vocational training in Bexar County. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Other recipients of the 2008 award were Tenisha Hunter and Elizabeth Huntington, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work; Warren Ponder, University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work; and Sarahtyah Wilson, Our Lady of the Lake University Worden School of Social Service.

The scholarship program was created in 1956 at the request of the foundation's founder, Ima Hogg, to address the need for more trained social workers to deliver quality mental health services to people in Texas.

The Hogg Foundation was founded in 1940 by Ima Hogg, daughter of former Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg, and today provides grants and programs to support mental health consumer services, research, policy analysis and public education projects in Texas. The foundation is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.

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