The scholarships, for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitative services, are funded through a contract from the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
"We are excited to have this contract from TCADA for the third year in a row," said Dr. Bruce Reed, coordinator of the UTPA Rehabilitative Services Program. "It greatly assists in preparing students who are bilingual to become substance abuse counselors."
Students who receive the scholarships will be encouraged to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors.
Reed said he anticipates that 20 to 25 students will receive full tuition and fee scholarships this fall.
The Rehabilitative Services Program recently added a new 18-hour substance abuse counseling minor for undergraduate students not majoring in rehabilitative services. The new minor will be available to students beginning in fall 1999.
"We are also in the process of seeking approval for an addictions specialty track for rehab majors," Reed said.
For more information on the scholarships or the Rehabilitative Services Program, call 956/316-7036.