Scholarship Program

The following is the description of  the nature and amount of scholarship benefit, including the terms and conditions governing its use.

The accolades for the initiative and creation of these scholarships go to the AAWC (2000-2004) treasurer, Nicholas Przystawski DPM, and the current Board without whose dedicated and tireless work this could not have been accomplished.

Program opens and applications will be accepted beginning May 1, 2006.
The AAWC Scholarship Program closes on July 17, 2006.
Applications will not be accepted thereafter.

AAWC Scholarship Recipients will be
selected by August 31, 2006.
All applicants will be notified on the status of their awards by September 30, 2006.
Disbursement of AAWC Scholarship Funds will take
place no later than March 31, 2007.

Nature of the Scholarship Benefit

To be utilized by members in good standing of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC).

It may be used to finance research projects in the field of wound care, to finance further study in approved courses on wound care and related fields, and to finance travel costs to AAWC approved wound care clinics both nationally and internationally to further study methods and means of the delivery of wound care.

Amount of the Scholarship Benefit

It is distributed in the amounts of $5000 per category per year. More than one award in each category may be given.

Categories of Grants

– Research grant

– Educational grant

– Exchange program grant

 Terms and Conditions Governing Scholarship

Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and a member, in good standing (including no outstanding dues or fees), of the AAWC at the time of the application and throughout the period of scholarship use.

Applicant may apply for only one scholarship per year.

Scholarship must be used within six months of being awarded.

Exchange program must be concluded within six months of assignment of the scholarship award.

Educational awards for accredited courses of study in the field of wound care or related field must be entered within six months or less from the time of awarding of the scholarship.  Educational programs that will be considered will be postgraduate in scope with the applicant already possessing a degree in a field that is qualified to render wound care.  The scholarship committee reserves the right under extenuating circumstances to disburse monies after proper documentation/receipts are inspected.

Research programs requesting grant money will submit a proposal outlining work to date and objectives of study.  A panel of wound care experts who are members of AAWC will review this proposal. It is not expected or necessary for a research project to be finished within the six month time period, but documentation of progress within the project should be documented.

The award recipients in each of the three areas of scholarship disbursement agrees to submit a minimum 250-word summary of their experience and further agrees to allow the AAWC the right to publish this summary on its web site or its Association Pages.

The scholarship committee reserves the right to forego awarding any grant money if it is in the committee’s opinion that no applicant met the minimum criteria necessary to be considered for an award.

FAQ’S
Is this scholarship benefit a gift or a loan; and how is its availability going to be publicized?

This AAWC Scholarship Program is open to any member of the AAWC in good standing who is 18 years of age or older. The Scholarship Program funds given to members are gifts. The program will be publicized at the AAWC website and within the AAWC Association Pages of AAWC’s official journals, Ostomy/Wound Management and WOUNDS and/or the Association Newsletter. The Program will also be announced every year at the AAWC Annual Membership Meeting during the Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, which is the annual date on which the Scholarship Program launches. Scholarship materials can be downloaded from the AAWC website (see below) or provided by the Business Office by calling 866-AAWC-999 or 610-560-0484. A minimum 60-day notice will be given regarding Scholarship Program opening dates and submission deadlines.

If the organization has established several categories of scholarship benefits, how is each kind of benefit identified?  How does the organization determine the recipients of each category?

                        The AAWC Educational Grant – for those members of the AAWC who wish to pursue academic study in the basic, clinical, and/or behavioral science of wound management.

                        The AAWC Research Grant – for those AAWC members who wish to begin or continue investigation in the basic, clinical, and/or behavioral science of wound management.

                        The AAWC Exchange Program Grant – for the AAWC member wishing to travel either nationally or internationally to spend time observing and exchanging ideas on the delivery of wound care at a host program.

  Recipients of each category must show the following.

-Membership (current) in AAWC, 18 years of age or older.

-Have applied for only one total scholarship in the calendar year.

-Educational Grant – must provide program name, location, and summary of proposed course of study.  Educational institution must be accredited by an approved/recognized governing body.

-Research Grant – provide an abbreviated literature review, summary of proposed study or work, study objectives, duration of study, line-item budget for requested support, and how support of this study will benefit the field of wound care.

-Exchange Grant – supply the location and program name, as well as the planned time of travel and contact information at the program.

-All materials much be postmarked by the posted deadline.  Any received later will not be considered for that calendar year.

For current, applicable dates please see application form.

Application materials, photos, et cetera will not be returned.

Recipients of each category will be chosen by an independent volunteer review panel of no more than five members of the AAWC, who will be blinded as to author/applicant identity.  The awards will be based on both pertinence to the field of wound care and merit. A list of names of recipients will be available from AAWC after recipients are chosen to all who inquire.

Are, or will there be, any restrictions or limitations in the selection procedure based upon race or the employment status of the perspective recipient, or any relative of the perspective recipient?

No restrictions will be placed on applicants based on race or employment status.  Members of the scholarship review committee and their immediate relatives are ineligible to apply for a grant while serving on the committee.  At any one time, the approximate number of eligible applicants includes all AAWC members in good standing, excluding the scholarship review committee and their relatives.

How many scholarship grants will be made annually?

Ideally, at least three scholarships will be disbursed annually, with at least one recipient in each of the three scholarship categories. A total amount of $15,000 will be divided among all winners, depending on the quality and quantity of the applications.  The scholarship committee reserves the right to forego the award of any grant money if it is of the opinion that no applicant met the minimum criteria necessary for such an award that calendar year.

How does the AAWC supervise the scholarship awards or grants?

As previously noted, scholarship money may be held for disbursement until proper documentation concerning course of study, exchange site attendance confirmation, or research study review is completed.  See above for further details.

What procedures does the organization have for taking action if the terms of the grant are violated?

Letter of censure to the individual offender, as well as permanent expulsion from the AAWC with loss of dues.

If I win/have won a Scholarship, how do I expedite the disbursement of my award?

As stated in the Terms and Conditions Governing Scholarship section of the AAWC Scholarship Application, we reserve the right to disburse moneys after proper documentation/receipts are received. If or when you have completed your course of study and/or travel, please forward your receipts and supporting documentation to the AAWC Business Office at the address below to have your funds dispersed. If you have been selected for a Research Scholarship, please expect your award no later than March of the year after your award was granted, and please be prepared to submit documentation of the project if requested at any time. If the check should be made out to the facility hosting the research, please call the AAWC office at 866-AAWC-999 or 610-560-0484.

Other guidelines to remember: 

· All moneys must be dispersed by the March date specified at the top of this page.
· Exchange program/travel must be concluded within six months of assignment of the scholarship award.
· Educational awards for accredited courses of study in the field of wound care or related field must be entered within six months or less from the time of awarding of the scholarship.
· Research winners are not expected to be finished a research project within the six month time period after the award is made, but documentation of progress within the project must be kept and furnished when requested.
· Each award recipient in each of the three areas of scholarship agrees to submit a minimum 250-word summary of his/her experience and further agrees to allow the AAWC the right to publish this summary on its web site or its Association Pages.

Is my award subject to federal and state income tax?

Please note that your award may be subject to federal and state income tax. Please be sure to maintain copies of all of your receipts and relevant documentation. We are including some general guidelines for you, but it is your responsibility to consult your tax advisor as to whether your award is taxable. We highly suggest that you double check with your tax advisor concerning your award. You may also wish to visit www.irs.gov to view Publication 520 on “Scholarships and Fellowships.”

The AAWC will comply with Internal Revenue Service guidelines and report your award on a 1099 or W-2 where required. You may not determine taxability based solely on the reporting of a 1099\W-2. The AAWC accepts no responsibility in determining your individual taxability.

Educational Grants

Recipients of the Educational Grant may be tax free if you are a degree-seeking candidate (either undergraduate or graduate), and the moneys are spent on tuition, fees and/or course related expenses. It is strongly recommended that the AAWC write the check directly to your educational institution, otherwise you will need to provide proof on how the award was spent.

Research, Exchange or Travel Grants

Recipients of the Research, Exchange or Travel Grant are generally taxable, however the research or work-related expenditures incurred may be tax deductible.

Click here for an AAWC Scholarship Application.

Notice: A checklist is available to assist you in completing the scholarship application, click here.

Notice: All information here is deemed to be reasonably accurate at the time of publication. However, no guarantees are made as to accuracy of content or process. To further verify the scholarship information, if necessary, contact the AAWC Business Office at the number below.

Please send your application to:

AAWC Business Office
Scholarship Program
83 General Warren Blvd.,
Suite 100
Malvern, PA 19355
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866.229.2999
Ph.: 610-560-0500
Fax: 610-560-0502