BLHF Scholarship Application Spring 2023 Term – CLOSED


Spring 2023 Term

MENTAL HEALTH  SCHOLARSHIP AWARD(S):  8 Scholarships – $10,000 each


The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 by Taraji P. Henson. The foundation is named in honor of Ms. Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered from mental health challenges as a result of his tour of duty in the Vietnam War without resources or support. Our vision is to eradicate the stigma and the silence surrounding mental health issues in the Black community.  Statistically, African Americans are the least likely population to seek treatment and therapy. There is a general lack of trust in sharing vulnerability due to fear of being misdiagnosed, labeled for life, or appearing  inadequate or weak. We are committed to changing this perception by encouraging those who suffer from this debilitating illness to get the help they need. One of our guiding pillars at the foundation is to increase the number of culturally competent Black therapists by offering scholarships to students interested in pursuing a career in mental health fields.


  • African American
  • College Junior or Senior with a declared major leading to a career as a mental health clinician/provider or;
  • Aspiring or current graduate student, doctorate graduate
  • Major in psychology, psychiatry, family counseling, social work, or a related field that focuses on mental health
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college or university

What You’ll Need to Apply:

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  • Your contact information for  the Winter 2022 semester
  • Information about your current school, degree program, and anticipated graduation date
  • Financial advisor name/phone/email, or the contact information for your school’s financial aid office
  • Information on the financial aid that you are currently eligible to receive and the projected amount you will receive for the upcoming enrollment year
  • Your official transcript

We will not accept applications that are incomplete.

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