Mental Health Student Wins Award
Posted: March 19, 2013
Tamara Young, MHCC student, accepts award from Shelley Gibson, director of the Soroptimist awards program.
Tamara Young, a student in Mt. Hood Community College’s Mental Health and Human Service program, has received a $5,000 award from Soroptimist of Portland’s annual Women’s Opportunity Program.
According to Shelley Gibson, director of the awards program, “The award is designed to give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.” Eligible applicants must be the primary financial support for their families and pursuing undergraduate education. Winners also have the chance to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards.
Young will graduate from MHCC in June and plans to transfer to Portland State University to study social work. She is completing her internship at Fir Ridge alternative school where she supports “at risk” students to achieve their goals of graduating from high school.
Young “is an inspiration to all those who meet her,” says Leslie Allen, director of MHCC’s Mental Health degree program. “She has a special drive and resilience that has allowed her to overcome incredible personal challenges.”
Young will use her personal experience and training at MHCC to help others as a professional social worker.
For more information on MHCC’s Mental Health and Human Service program, please visit www.mhcc.edu/mentalhealth.