The Catholic University of America

Nov. 10, 2008

Nursing Students Receive $40,000 Scholarships to Teach After Graduation

Chioma Nwachukwu

Two CUA School of Nursing graduate students, Chioma Nwachukwu and Guia Caliwagan, have been awarded full-tuition stipends as part of CareFirst's Project RN, a scholarship program intended to help develop nursing faculty for the greater Washington, D.C., region.

Nwachukwu and Caliwagan, both candidates in CUA's Masters of Science in Nursing program, will each receive a stipend in the amount of $40,000 for the 2008-09 academic year. Recipients are eligible to receive an award for a second academic year. Nwachukwu was first awarded the stipend during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Caliwagan is a first-time awardee this year, and will be eligible for an additional year of funding at the same rate for the 2009-2010 academic year. In accepting the monetary award, the students have pledged to assume a full-time nursing faculty position for at least three years in Maryland, Virginia or D.C., following graduation.

Caliwagan grew up in a small town of Mambusao in the Philippines and received a degree in nursing from the University of the Philippines. She was a pediatric nurse and nursing instructor in her home country for more than 10 years before she immigrated to the United States in 1984.

In the United States, Caliwagan has taught and instructed at various schools and hospitals, including Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College. She is president of the Philippine Nurses Association of Virginia and a volunteer for Physicians For Peace.

Guia Caliwagan

Nwachukwu is a D.C. native and first-generation Nigerian who has traveled to her family's home country twice as part of medical missions. She is a manager in the recovery room at Washington Hospital Center.

"Both of these nurses have the clinical expertise and the educational preparation to meet the urgent need for clinical faculty," said Nalini Jairath, dean of the CUA School of Nursing.

"It is an added bonus that both Chioma and Guia are members of visible minorities and thus can serve as role models and mentors for both minority and non-minority students. Finally, Chioma through her past role as a nurse manager and Guia through her teaching experience have demonstrated leadership capabilities."

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