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NMSU College of Health and Social Services scholarship helps train care coordinators

Under the Affordable Care Act, social workers and care coordinators are an important component, and the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services is helping to fill the need.

The McCowen Behavioral Health Leadership Scholarship received a gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico that will help prepare social work graduate students to work under the new regulations.

"We are delighted to receive this gift that will enhance social work educational opportunities for students for many years to come," said Tina Hancock, School of Social Work director. "We deeply appreciate Blue Cross Blue Shield's commitment to social work education and applaud their willingness to put resources into social work workforce development that is much needed in our state with the Affordable Care Act and the resulting expanded Medicaid program throughout New Mexico."

Students eligible for this scholarship need to have a minimum 3.0 GPA as a graduate student in the School of Social Work with a preference given to individuals with an interest in behavioral health, and it will be awarded for the first time in fall 2014.

A graduate of the college and current board member, Margaret Ruth McCowen, former CEO of Mesilla Valley Hospital, started the scholarship to benefit future professionals in the behavioral health field.

The scholarship deadline is March 3. To apply for the scholarship, visit scholarships.nmsu.edu.