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"One of the most compelling experiences I had with this job was counseling a mother and daughter who had just learned this beautiful young girl had schizophrenia." Louetta Hix
Louetta understood this family's plight all too well, since she had faced her own heartbreak when she was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder. She discovered the road to recovery through treatment and medication, and she now uses her experience and talents to assist others facing the same challenges.
Her own experience prompted Hix to go back to school after 20 years to earn an advanced degree in social work from the University of Tennessee. The support of family and friends; safe, stable, and affordable housing; meaningful work; and financial assistance for her education from the Reintegration Scholarship, were all keys to her recovery.
Like Louetta, many people with serious and persistent mental illness are able to pursue their goals through education. Begining in 1998, Eli Lilly & Company encouraged people with schizophrenia and related disorders to continue their education by awarding Lilly Reintegration Scholarships. The funding for these scholarships has now been taken over by the Sidney R. Baer Jr. Foundation, and are renamed the Baer scholarships.
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The goal of the Reintegration Scholarship is to help people with schizophrenia and related disorders acquire the educational and vocational skills they need to reintegrate into society, secure meaningful work, and reclaim their lives.
In 2002, more than 80 people with schizophrenia or related disorders were awarded the third annual Lilly Reintegration Scholarship. From a pool of more than 440 applicants, winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges chaired by Ralph Aquila, M.D., director of the Sidney R. Baer Jr. Center in New York.
Our scholarship winners are pursuing their educational goals at schools such as the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Tente Marie's Cooking School of San Francisco, Community College of Rhode Island, and more.