School of Social Work MSSW Bilingual Scholarship Program
The School of Social Work, in partnership with the Betty Hardwick Center and with initial funding by the Hogg Foundation, has established a scholarship program for graduate students with fluent Spanish language skills. The program's purpose is to provide support for a maximum of two MSSW students as they prepare for mental health practice in settings that serve Hispanic populations. The School of Social Work and our community partners will work together to provide funding for full tuition and fees for our Bilingual Scholars.
To be considered for a Bilingual Scholarship, applicants must be admitted to the graduate school and the MSSW program, complete a Graduate Scholarship application as well as the applicant's interest in providing bilingual services in community mental health settings. The Director of the MSSW program and the Bilingual Scholarship Mentor will screen applications. Finalists will be referred to the Department of Foreign languages for an assessment of fluency in Spanish. The assessment will be based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency examination.
Bilingual Scholars will be part of the School of Social Work ongoing commitment to Hispanic mental health awareness while completing their internships in mental health services. Beginning in the spring of 2011 the School of Social Work will provide an annual workshop for social workers and other human service providers in Abilene and the surrounding area on the use of evidence based practice in day-to-day practice. The workshop will incorporate a unit on culturally appropriate and sensitive application of evidence supported interventions developed by Bilingual Scholars and their faculty mentor.