By Jaelon Jackson
School of Social Work
A University of Texas at Arlington Master of Social Work student earned one of the state’s premier scholarships for students who plan to work in the mental health field.
Eddie Jimenez won the Ima Hogg Scholarship – and $5,000 – from the Austin-based Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
The foundation was founded in 1956 to promote mental wellness throughout Texas. It also aims to increase the number of mental health professionals who work in the state.
“My ultimate goal as a social worker is to be an advocate and source of support for the Spanish-speaking community, particularly immigrants,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez is one of 22 scholars in Texas who received the Hogg scholarship this year.
“It’s a validation of my dedication to the helping profession and a recognition of my commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez decided to study and work in the mental health discipline based on experiences.
“As an immigrant, I am aware of the unique challenges and barriers that individuals in this community often face. My motivation stems from the belief that representation matters,” Jimenez said.
Director of Graduate Programs for UTA’s School of Social Work, Dr. Regina Praetorius, expressed how happy they were to nominate Jimenez for this honor.
“I'm inspired by Eddie – their desire to address mental health challenges resulting from sexual trauma among our Spanish-speaking immigrants is timely and much needed,” Praetorius said.