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Because of the awareness of the growing need for wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurses throughout the world and a strong belief in the continued growth and success of WOC nursing, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) has established a program to award educational scholarships. The partial scholarships are made possible through contributions from individual members, wound, ostomy and continence product manufacturers, private and public donations, endowments, and regions and affiliates, which comprise the WOCN Society.

The WOCN Society Scholarship Committee is a standing committee of the WOCN Society. The scholarship program is operated under the auspices of the WOCN Society Foundation, which raises, maintains and disseminates monies and is accountable for the funding of awards.

Scholarships are awarded to deserving individuals who are committed to working in the specialty practice of wound, ostomy, or continence nursing. Applicants agree to support the WOCN Society's mission and the scope of practice for WOC nursing. Click here to view our past recipients.

The WOCN® Society would like to thank Coloplast for helping to "Fund the Future" by supporting the educational preparation of future WOC nurses. Learn more about the Fund the Future Program to make a difference for a student.


The WOCN Society's Mission Statement

The WOCN Society is a professional nursing society that supports its members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.

The WOC Nursing Scope of Practice*

The WOC nursing scope of practice, recognized by the American Nurses Association, is the foundation of WOC specialty nursing. The WOCN Society believes that the tri-specialty of WOC nursing is both an art and science encompassing:

  • Advocacy and ethics.
  • Disease management.
  • Core curriculum and certification.
  • Professional accountability.
  • Nursing process.
  • Care coordination and collaboration.
  • Evidence-based practice and research utilization.
  • Responsiveness to changing societal and health care needs.

The practice environment for a WOC nurse includes the following settings:

  • Acute care.
  • Outpatient care.
  • Home care.
  • Long-term care and extended care.
  • Academia and education.
  • Administration.
  • Industry.
  • Research.

*Source: Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. (2010). Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Scope & Standards of Practice. Mt. Laurel, NJ: Author.

Statement of Nondiscrimination Policy

The WOCN Society Foundation does not discriminate among applicants on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

Start Your Application:

The WOCN Society Foundation is proud to offer two varieties of educational scholarships. Each designed to fit your specific professional needs. Please read the descriptions below to decide which application is right for you!

WOCN Accredited Educational Scholarship

The WOCN Scholarship Committee is proud to offer scholarship awards for those nurses wishing to attend one of our Accredited Educational Programs. Scholarship applicants must be accepted into a WOCN Society Accredited Nursing Education Program. Scholarship applications are accepted twice yearly and must reach the WOCN Society National Office by the deadline dates of May 1st or November 1st. Applications may be submitted before program begins, during program or by the first application deadline immediately following graduation.

Begin a WOCN Accredited Educational Scholarship Application

WOCN Society Advanced Education Scholarship Program

The WOCN Scholarship Committee is committed to furthering the role of professionalism within WOC nursing by assisting individuals to obtain a higher degree and helping in personal and academic achievement. Sponsors of the WOCN Society Advanced Education Program have generously contributed funds through the WOCN Foundation to provide a scholarship award program which offers financial aid to offset the costs of a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral Degree or NP Certificate. Scholarship applicants must hold a current certification from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) to apply.

Begin a WOCN Society Advanced Education Scholarship Program Application

Submission Deadlines:

All applications and supporting materials (including letters of recommendation) must be submitted before 11:59 PM EST on the day of the deadline:

Spring Scholarship: May 1st
Fall Scholarship: November 1st