Scholarship & Awards

Do you know someone working hard to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness? If so, consider recognizing their efforts by nominating them for an award or scholarship. Contact info@ctaafsc.org to nominate someone today. You’ll find information about each award below.

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Garnet F. Coleman ‘Eternal Flame’ Award

The ‘Eternal Flame’ Award honors the support and service of Texas State Representative, Garnet F. Coleman, who has dedicated his career to ensuring that mental health issues are at the forefront of conversations about health in the State of Texas and nationally.

Nomination Considerations

This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment in their careers and everyday lives to raising awareness and acting in service of individuals experiencing mental health issues and other health disparities.

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Richard Hopkins ‘Torch’ Awards

The ‘Torch’ Awards honor the work and advocacy of longtime conference supporter and Vice-Chair of the Austin Travis County Integral Care Board of Trustees, Richard E. Hopkins.

Nomination Considerations

You can nominate individuals who have demonstrated dedication and advocacy around the issues of mental illness, substance use disorder, physical health issues and/or addressing health disparities in Central Texas in the following categories:

  • Consumer: An individual living with mental illness, substance use disorder, or intellectual or development disabilities who works helping others affected by similar issues.
  • Family Member: An individual with a family member or friend living with mental illness, substance use disorder, or intellectual or development disabilities who advocates or works to help anyone experiencing mental illness or other health problems or disparities.
  • Professional: A clinician, social worker or other individual who works in a professional capacity to raise awareness and help people living with mental illness, substance use disorder, or intellectual or developmental disabilities or other health disparities.
  • Community Leader: An elected official, faith leader or other community leader who uses his or her position to help people living with mental illness, substance use disorder, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or other health problems or disparities.

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Conference Scholarships

The conference scholarships provide financial assistance for educational opportunities, conference fees, lodging and accommodations for participants who would not be able to attend without some financial assistance.

The scholarships listed below provide financial assistance for educational opportunities, lodging, and accommodations during the conference:

  • Austin Area Mental Health Consumers Lodging Scholarship (1-night hotel stay)
  • The Wood Group Educational Scholarship ($500; 2 scholarships available)
  • Cordry-Ridpath Educational Scholarship ($300)
  • RR Coleman-Calahan Lodging Scholarship ($300)

Nomination Considerations

Scholarships are open to anyone pursuing educational opportunities in need of assistance or who cannot attend the conference due to financial constraints. The award committee gives special consideration to individuals who have a professional background or interest in mental health or social services.

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