Hispanic Higher Education Scholarship Fund
“The Hispanic Higher Education Scholarship Fund will assist Hispanics in overcoming the financial barriers that keep them from pursuing a graduate school education. Providing funds for Hispanic students to pursue a graduate degree in social work is a long-term strategy to directly address the desperate shortage of qualified bilingual and bicultural mental health professionals who can address the mental health needs of New Jersey’s growing Hispanic community,” said Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., executive director, NJMHI.
The Hispanic Higher Education Scholarship Fund was created in the Fall of 2002 through the New Jersey Mental Health Institute, Inc.’s (NJMHI) Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics project. The scholarship fund was created to address the lack of qualified bilingual and bicultural professionals who speak English and Spanish entering the mental health profession. The scholarship fund is specifically targeted to Hispanic individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are bilingual and are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in social work from a New Jersey university. Scholarship recipients are announced annually during the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, Inc.’s annual conference, which is usually held in May. The amount of and quantity of scholarship awards depends on the contributions raised by the NJMHI through fundraising activities held specifically for this cause. Individuals and/or organizations interested in contributing to the scholarship fund can call Dr. Wentz at (609) 838-5488, ext. 292. All contributions to the scholarship fund are tax-deductible, and any amount, no matter how small or large, is greatly appreciated.
“In addition to working in the behavioral and mental health fields, social workers are represented in an array of health care disciplines. Many of these disciplines can benefit from additional qualified bilingual and bicultural professionals to serve the growing Hispanic population,” according to the Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics project. “Providing the opportunity to see a bilingual and bicultural clinician will make all the difference when a Hispanic person is in need of mental health services. Studies have shown that Hispanics are more likely to remain in treatment and experience greater satisfaction when under the care of a Hispanic mental health care professional."
To learn more about NJMHI or the Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics project, which includes the Hispanic Higher Education Scholarship Fund, please contact Dr. Debra Wentz, project director, at (609) 838-5488, ext. 292.
Tax-deductable donations can be sent to:
New Jersey Mental Health Institute
3575 Quakerbridge Road
Mercerville, NJ 08619
NJMHI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.