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The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council, in order to promote long-term care nursing, is offering scholarships for the 2023 school year. Our intention is to assist qualified people who wish to further their education and practice in the long-term care nursing profession.

* Scholarship Applications and Recommendation Forms are now to be completed by using the online forms at the top of this webpage.

There are two Nursing Scholarship Options for 2023. WDONC has a $6,000 to offer in scholarship funds.  Scholarship amounts will be determined by the number of applicants and the quality of applications.  A minimum of $500 per scholarship will be provided. 

  1. Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council Nursing Scholarship 
  2. Debby Schuna Advanced Nursing Memorial Scholarship 

Required Criteria for the WDONC Scholarship Applicants*

  • The applicant must be a Wisconsin resident for the WDONC Nursing Scholarship only.
  • For the Debby Schuna Advanced Nursing Memorial Scholarship must be enrolled in an accredited BSN, MSN or Ph.D. in Nursing Program
  • The applicant must have present employment in a long-term care continuum organization located in Wisconsin.
  • The applicant must sign the agreement to work in the long-term care continuum organization for at least two years after completing a nursing program if selected as the scholarship recipient (This is part of the application form).
  • The applicant must have TWO online reference forms submitted online. At least one of the references provided is from someone in a supervisory or leadership position of the scholarship applicant.
  • Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. 
  • Complete applications must be received no later than January 8, 2023 at 23:59 pm.

Scholarship Recipient Requirements

  • The scholarship recipient must be enrolled in an accredited program by January 2023.
  • The scholarship recipient must work in a long term care facility for at least two years after completing a nursing program.

Additional Information

Applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee on an anonymous basis. If any identifying names, employer, etc, is will be removed before given to the committee for their review.

The Director of Nursing Council’s decision will be in January 2023 and formally announced at the February 2023 Symposium. The recipients will be contacted in early Feb. 2023.

The scholarship check will be issued directly to the educational institution in Feb. 2023.

Submission of a scholarship application the applicant acknowledges and gives permission to use their name and likeness. Submission of a scholarship application also grants WDONC with permission to use their name and images in print and online publications.

Application Requirements and Deadline*


The completed online scholarship application form (including the essay), Verification of enrollment in an accredited nursing program, and TWO completed online recommendation forms (including essay) are needed on this date to be considered a complete application.

Nursing Scholarship Application Submission


Once you begin filling out the application, unfortunately, it can not be saved and started where you left off. Please have the following information ready and available for you when you begin your application process.

  • Name and personal contact information.
  • Name of the current employer.
  • Date of enrollment in Nursing School and anticipated graduation date.
  • Name of Accredited RN Educational Institute
  • Address of the Financial Aid Department and contact phone number. (This is needed so we can confirm where to send the scholarship money to the selected recipients.)
  • YOUR COMPLETED ESSAY QUESTIONS. It is best to have typed out the answers to the essay questions prior to starting to fill out the application so you can proofread and make changes. Then, you can copy and paste the essay into the online application. Minimum 250 words and 1000 words maximum.
  • Two non-related references.  Examples would be supervising employment reference familiar with your caregiving and educational experience. It is preferred one reference is someone in a supervisory role.

Recommendation / Reference Information

Two business or educational references are to be submitted online, on your behalf, by the application deadline.

It is not the responsibility of WDONC to contact the applicant if references have not been submitted.

Missing references will result in the Nursing Scholarship application not being considered.

Once the online recommendation begins it can not be saved and resumed. To make it easier for you, please have the following information available prior to your beginning.

  • First and Last Name of Applicant
  • How long you have known the applicant
  • Email address of the applicant
  • Answer the essay questions regarding why you feel the applicant deserves the recommendation. It is advisable to type and edit your essay prior to beginning the online application.

You will see a confirmation that your application has been submitted once you click the submit button. Please only submit one recommendation for each applicant. It is not the responsibility of WDONC to distinguish which recommendation to use if multiple are submitted.