The mission of the International Alliance of Wound Care Scholarship Foundation (IAWCSF) is to support the community across the wound healing continuum by enabling advanced education and certification thereby enhancing opportunities to health care professionals who are looking to serve this portion of the population.
The purpose of the corporation is to provide financial aid in the form of scholarships to those individuals pursuing an education in the area of wound care. The funds are to be used specifically for advanced education and subsequent certification in wound care.
Who We Are
International Alliance of Wound Care Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.
WHAT WE DO
In the United States alone, there are estimated to be 6.5 million people living with chronic wounds, with a total cost burden of over $39 Billion dollars annually. Based on these statistics, it is clear that there is a need for more highly trained health care professionals to treat this problem.
The International Alliance of Wound Care Scholarship Foundation (IAWCSF), accepts applications, and nominations for wound care education and certification scholarship funding. The International Alliance of Wound Care Scholarship Foundation is operated by a governing board that makes the determinations (based on established application criteria) regarding who to award scholarship funding to. Scholarship applicants must be licensed health care providers in good standing with their licensing body, and must also have at least 2 years of full-time or 4 years of part-time work experience.
Scholarship applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Scholarship applications are accepted by healthcare providers worldwide. There are no residency restrictions to apply. Selected scholarship recipients are awarded funding which must be used to complete advanced education specific to wound care, and additionally a certification in wound care. Scholarships may be in varying amounts depending on the cost of the education course and certification chosen. Scholarships will not exceed $1500.00 per recipient. The scholarship will be paid directly to the education provider chosen by the recipient and the certifying body for the Wound Care Certified credential, the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO).
Awarding scholarships that provide health care providers with funding for advanced wound care education and certification helps to further the purpose of the International Alliance of Wound Care Scholarship Foundation to help reduce the US and global burden of wounds and associated costs by creating a larger number of providers who are educated specifically in treating this problem.
100% of the International Alliance of Wound Care Scholarship Foundation’s time is dedicated to advancing the healthcare clinician in wound care. Funding for the International Alliance of Wound Care Scholarship Foundation is provided by donations from outside sources. Wound care education providers, wound care product vendors, health care provider organizations, and health-related certification organizations are among those who have donated to this cause. In the healthcare profession, those who deal with wounds are acutely aware of the problem that exists and is readily donating funds to help address this problem on a larger scale. While basic medical training provides knowledge of wound treatment, the need for advanced knowledge and specific wound training is evident based on the staggering numbers of wounds and associated costs seen in the US alone.