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Awards and Scholarships

MHA-Kentucky will present the following awards and scholarships at our CELEBRATION OF MENTAL HEALTH on Friday, November 1st. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by September 9, 2013.

Applications can be mailed to:
120 Sears Avenue, Ste. 213
Louisville, KY 40207

or email:

Annual Awards:

Outstanding contributions by individuals and agencies are recognized by MHA-Kentucky through presentation of a bronze replica of the MHA Bell.

The Jack B. Stith Volunteer Advocate Award recognizes an individual with an outstanding record of volunteer advocacy for persons with mental illnesses. The late Mr. Stith, a funeral director in Danville, was a long-standing member of the board of directors of MHA-Kentucky.

  • 2012: Keith F. Overpeck
  • 2011: Hannah Cooper, Louisville
  • 2010: Barbara Kaminer, LCSW, Louisville
  • 2009: Steve Ulrich, Louisville

The Philip P. Ardery Mental Health Program Award was established to honor a program or an organization that provides a significant service to the local or statewide community regarding the promotion of mental health or the prevention of mental illness. Mr. Ardery, a decorated WWII flyer and Louisville attorney, was instrumental in the founding of the Kentucky Mental Health Association as well as Wellspring, a nonprofit organization that provides residential and rehabilitative services to people recovering from mental illnesses.

  • 2012: Eastern State Hospital Recovery Mall, Western State Hospital Recovery Mall
  • 2011: Seven Counties Services Training Institute
  • 2010: Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health for Trauma-Informed Care
  • 2009: Crisis Intervention Team, Louisville Metro Police Department

The Clifford W. Beers Consumer Award honors a consumer of mental health services whose efforts to improve conditions for people with mental illness emulates the work of the late Mr. Beers, a consumer of mental health services who founded the national Mental Health Association, now Mental Health America, in 1909.

  • 2012: Chad Ponchot
  • 2011: Nancy Booker, Hopkinsville
  • 2010: James T. R. Jones, Clarksville, IN
  • 2009: Edward Porter, Bowling Green

The Frank M. Gaines, MD, Professional Award honors a professional with a record of significant contributions to the promotion of mental health. Dr. Gaines was the first commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Mental Health and introduced the practice of psychiatry to Kentucky's state hospitals.

  • 2012: Dr. Allan Josephson
  • 2011: Robert L Caudill, MD, Seven Counties Services
  • 2009: Amarjit Chopra, MD, University of Louisville

The Nick Baumgardner Trauma-Informed Care Award recognizes a program that has begun implementation of trauma-informed care. The late Mr. Baumgardner was a consumer advocate who spoke to the additional challenges he faced as a victim of trauma.

  • 2012: Janice Johnston
  • 2011: Children's Alliance, Frankfort

Excellence in Innovation Award

  • 2012: Diane Brewer

Annual Scholarships

MHA-Kentucky presents scholarships to students pursuing a career in the mental health field.

The Antoinette C. Hodes Academic Scholarship is given to a student who is enrolled in a Kentucky college or university, has performed volunteer service in a mental health setting, and is preparing for a mental health field. The late Ms. Hodes was a Kentucky philanthropist.

  • 2012: Robin Bensinger
  • 2011: Vanessa “Nikki” Jones, University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work
  • 2010: Ronnie Parish, University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work
  • 2009: Michael Nicholson, Madisonville Community College

The Evan and Katherine Harrod Academic Scholarship was established in memory of the parents of late board member Evan "Pete" Harrod and is given to a student who qualifies for a Hodes scholarship and is from a rural area. Mr. Harrod was a long-standing member of the board of directors of MHA-Kentucky who lived and farmed in Henry County.

  • 2011: Rachel Haynes, Cloverport, University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work
  • 2009: Diane Music, Big Sandy Community College