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OLLU student-athlete recipient of Hogg Foundation Scholarship

Our Lady of the Lake University graduate student and women’s soccer player, Rebekah Valenta, has been selected to receive the 2012 Ima Hogg Scholarship for Mental Health. She is one of 11 students in Texas to receive a $5,000 scholarship, which is awarded to graduate students of social work who have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing mental health services after graduation.

Valenta completed her undergraduate degree in social work in May 2012 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work, which is offered through the Worden School of Social Service. She was drawn to the Worden School for its focus on social work as a vehicle for social change, specifically for children and families in the Hispanic community.

“I want to become a social worker to proactively make a difference in people’s lives,” Valenta said. “This scholarship gives me the opportunity to refine my knowledge and enhance my skills so that I can reach this goal.”

Valenta has most recently conducted a social work field education internship with the District 1 City Council Office in San Antonio where she practiced direct service through case management and researched key constituency issues.

Valenta’s hard work and success extends beyond the classroom. She joined the inaugural women’s soccer team in 2008 under head coach Shane Hurley. Since then, she has been the recipient of the A.I.I. All-Conference Honorable Mention for the 2008-2009 season, the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Second Team honor in 2009, the RRAC Scholar Athlete award for the past three years and the Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Soccer Scholar Athlete award in 2010 and 2011.