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First Group of Graduate Students Selected to Receive The California Endowment-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship

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For Immediate Release

First Group of Graduate Students Selected to Receive
The California Endowment-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship



WASHINGTON, DC, October 10, 2006 - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN is pleased to announce that nine outstanding graduate students have been selected to receive The California Endowment-AACN Nurse Faculty Scholarship. Introduced last spring, this program was developed to provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development activities to nursing students from underrepresented minority populations who are committed to teaching in a California school of nursing after graduation.

"Increasing the number of nurse educators from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds represents an important step toward preparing a culturally competent nursing workforce that reflects the patient population in California," said Robert Ross, MD, President and CEO of The California Endowment. "We are pleased to be working with AACN to support the development of new faculty who will also serve as strong leaders, role models and mentors for the next generation of nurses.

The California Endowment-AACN Nurse Faculty Scholarship provides support to nursing students enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs who agree to teach in a California nursing school. The first round of $18,000 scholarship awards were presented to:

  • Sunny Yim Alperson, University of San Diego

  • Maria Lourdes Bayog, University of California-San Francisco

  • Rita R. Callahan, University of San Diego

  • Erik V. Carter, University of California-San Francisco

  • Elena Flowers, University of California-San Francisco

  • Denise A. Johnson-Dawkins, California State University-Bakersfield

  • Joseph Morris, University of California-Los Angeles

  • Robert C. Pope, Sr., University of California-San Francisco

  • Charlotte Louise Stoudmire, University of San Diego

"AACN congratulates these scholarship winners whose impressive academic achievements and varied practice experiences will make them excellent teachers," said AACN President Jeanette Lancaster, PhD, RN, FAAN. "These scholarship recipients represent the future of nursing education, and we are definitely in good hands." The first round of winners is a very impressive group with five nursing students pursuing PhDs and four enrolled in master's programs. In terms of racial background, five are African American, two are Asian and two are Native American. Three of the award recipients are male.

For a brief profile of each scholarship winner, visit AACN's Web page at

The Need to Diversify the Nurse Faculty Population

In a national report released by the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce in 2004, the authors note: "In striking contrast to the relatively diverse student body in nursing schools, the faculties of the nation's nursing schools fall considerably short of reflecting the nation's racial and ethnic diversity." Though almost one-fourth of baccalaureate and graduate nursing students in this U.S. are members of underrepresented racial or ethnic minority groups, less than 10% of faculty teaching in these programs are from minority backgrounds. In California, the state with the most acute shortage of registered nurses in the nation, schools boast the most diverse nursing student body in the country with 46% of undergraduate students coming from underrepresented groups. Still, only 14.2% of the nursing faculty in California are members of a minority population.

"Increasing diversity among nurse faculty will send a clear message to aspiring nursing students that the profession is a welcome place for all bright individuals looking to launch their professional careers," said Dr. Lancaster. "Nursing is in dire need of leaders and educators from diverse backgrounds to support students seeking academic role models to encourage and enrich their learning."

Scholarship Applications Available for 2007-2008 Academic Year

The California Endowment-AACN Nurse Faculty Scholarship program provides up to $18,000 in financial support to students pursuing a graduate degree in nursing as well as student mentoring and leadership development components to facilitate academic success. Though students receiving support may attend classes at any school of nursing, students must return to their home state of California after graduation to assume a teaching role at a California institution. The schools where scholarship recipients will be attending classes are required to offer a match of some portion of the student's tuition.

Applications are now available to students seeking funding for the 2007-2008 academic year. See Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2007. For more information or to ask questions, please contact AACN Project Coordinator Annie Alesandrini at


The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Web site:

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 590 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Web site:





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