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UNM grad awarded $5,000 fellowship

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Carolina Belmares Ortega, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship to support her education and to facilitate her service to underserved minority youth.

The North Carolina-based NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, selected Ortega and 39 others nationwide for its Minority Fellowship Program-Youth.

The award stems from a grant last fall from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The goal is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for minority populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.

Ortega is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.

The Foundation will open the next NBCC MFP-Y application period in September. For more information, visit