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    One of Four National Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Scholarships Earned by Duquesne Nursing Major

    A Duquesne University Naval ROTC (NROTC) student is one of only four in the country to be honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Scholarship.

    Tara Dowling, who was selected from 200 nominees nationwide as the Navy recipient, received the award at a surprise presentation at her 7 a.m. Monday midshipmen's meeting at Carnegie Mellon University on April 16.

    Tara and Erin, her identical twin, are both NROTC members and nursing students at Duquesne. "I can't talk about Tara without talking about Erin," said Dean Eileen Zungolo of Duquesne's School of Nursing, who was on hand for the recognition and has taught both women. "They are the children you always wanted to have. They are excellent students, involved in campus ministry, and were inducted into the honorary nursing society and the interdisciplinary honor society."

    Dowling also received the NROTC All Around Performance Award, the Academic Excellence and Physical Fitness awards, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship, and serves as a Eucharistic minister with Spiritan Campus Ministry at Duquesne.

    She and Erin plan to join the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps after graduating from Duquesne in May.

    Their parents, Ret. Navy Captain Kevin and Patricia Dowling, also attended the award ceremony. The honor was presented by Retired Navy Lt. Mike Thornton, a former Navy SEAL who received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, for his life-saving actions in Vietnam.

    The CMU NROTC unit includes members from Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities, as well as the University of Pittsburgh.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.