NEWS RELEASE

October 28, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico College of Nursing doctoral student Melanie Phipps-Morgan was recently one of 11 nursing students nationally selected to receive the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship.

Funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, the scholarship supports full-time minority students enrolled in graduate nursing programs.

Applications were accepted from students in master’s and doctoral programs nationwide who plan to serve as nurse faculty after earning their graduate degree. Scholarship recipients were selected by a 10-member application review committee, and awards in the amount of $18,000 each will be disbursed this fall.

The AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program was created to address the shortage of nurse faculty and enhance diversity within the population of nurse educators. The program provides generous financial support and professional development to graduate students who agree to teach in a school of nursing after graduation.