AZUSA, Calif. —Elizabeth T. Lopez, MSN, RN, FNP-C. was named one of five national Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar winners for fall 2009. The scholarship program, which provides full tuition funding, is sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future-AACN.

The scholarship program is designed to increase the number of minority faculty teaching in California nursing schools. It also supports nursing students from underrepresented groups who are pursuing graduate degrees and are committed to teaching after graduation.

Lopez is a first-year Nursing PhD student at Azusa Pacific University with research interests including identifying clinical strategies for reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes in teenage pregnancy among Latina adolescents. She received a BSN from Pacific Union College, an MSN and Health Services Credential from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner credential from APU.

She currently works for Chino Valley Unified School District as a school nurse and nurse practitioner and has previously worked as adjunct faculty for APU. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses; Orange County School Nurse Organization; and California Teachers Association.

Azusa Pacific University's School of Nursing provides innovative nursing programs, leading the way in solving the nation's nursing shortage. From traditional BSN and Master of Science in Nursing degrees to specialized RN to BSN, PhD in Nursing, and nurse practitioner programs, the school provides an unparalleled nursing education to professionals and educators at every level, equipping students to make a difference in their patients and the world.