Meet Our BLHF 2022 Scholars

 

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation takes pride in investing in our community. Nurturing our young adults is a top priority. Our Mental Health Scholarship program is incredibly important to us because it provides academic opportunities and serves as a vital resource to assist and empower African American students from anywhere across the U.S. pursuing careers in the mental health field with their educational expenses.

Both scholarship categories; Legacy and Heritage, help create an impact on generations to come and can be named annually or in Perpetuity.

Legacy Scholarship (Annual) 10k

Heritage Scholarship (Endowed) 500K

Our vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the Black community. Statistically, African Americans are the least likely population to seek mental health treatment. We are committed to changing the history of silence and stigma surrounding mental health in our communities by encouraging and enabling those who suffer from this debilitating illness to get the help they need.

One of our founding pillars is to increase the number of culturally competent therapists by offering scholarships to African American students interested in pursuing a career in the mental health field. Studies show that the psychology workforce is 85% white and only 2% Black. These numbers are daunting and often deter Black people from seeking care, simply due to the lack of Black providers.

The Legacy or the Heritage scholarship can be a memorial scholarship in the honor of a loved one to address awareness of the suicide epidemic in our communities.

Suicide death rates for Black girls ages 13 to 19 increased by 182% from 2001 to 2017
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Black children ages 10 to 19. (Source) 
In 2014, 80% of suicide deaths in the Black community were men


Having a
Name Scholarship will also help create mental health awareness and can continue the legacy of a deceased community member by becoming an ongoing celebration of life and healing, bestowing JOY to our future mental health practitioners. This incredible memorial gift can help turn loss into JOY.

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Kyle-Pierre Issac Johnson Scholarship Fund