(Credit: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health) Reports from 2015 show that more than 3 million Texans lacked psychiatric services. Genesis Guillen, Master of Social Work student and one of the recipients of the 2018 Ima Hogg Scholarship, hopes to reverse that trend by working toward improving the quality of mental health services in the state of Texas.
Each year, the Hogg Foundation awards Ima Hogg Scholarships to graduate social work students who are committed to joining the mental health workforce. By investing in the education of the students, the Hogg Foundation is also investing in the future of mental health in Texas. The state of mental health is in critical condition. More than 70 percent of counties across the state did not have a single psychiatrist in residence, according to reports from 2015. Our College is proud to have Master of Social Work students who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people who need mental care.
Genesis will best serve those seeking quality mental health care through her compassion and persistence. “What defines me is everything that I have accomplished despite facing adversity. Adversity has made me an open-minded, persistent, compassionate, and strong-willed woman that respects human dignity and believes in social justice,” said Genesis.