Deborah Norzagary Memorial Leadership Scholarship


The purpose of the Deborah Norzagary Leadership Scholarship is to honor the memory of Deborah Norzagary. Deborah was a long time member of the Tucson Affiliate of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Society. She valued the importance of life long learning. She was an active leader of the TWOCN volunteering annually for the TWOCN Education Conference. One of her most significant legacies left to the TWOCN was the development of the "It takes a Year to Plan a Conference" that is still used today as a guide to planning.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is based on active involvement in the TWOCN and leadership/mentoring roles in the Tucson Community.

Scholarship Awards

  • The TWOCN will award a maximum of four scholarships annually of up to $250.00 each for attendance at a SAWC/WOCN National Conference.
  • A point system will be used by the Scholarship Committee to determine Scholarship Recipients. In the event of a tie, the applicant who has not received Scholarship Funds in the past will be awarded the scholarship. Points will be awarded according to:
  • Longevity as a Registered Nurse
  • Longevity with TWOCN
  • Participation in TWOCN Activities within last 3 years (regular monthly meeting exempt)
  • Chairperson
  • Committee Member
  • Community TWOCN Representation
  • Community Involvement

The Deborah Norzagary Leadership Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Scholarships awarded are based upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.


1.   Applicants must be members, in good standing, of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, Tucson Affiliate.

Scholarship application will be accepted as soon as you are committed to attending. This will allow the opportunity take the financial benefits of "early registration." Please allow the scholarship committee at least 2 weeks to respond to your request. Scholarship recipient must supply a copy of your CEU certificate within 2 weeks of his/her return from the conference.

Patricia McDonald Memorial Leadership Scholarship


The purpose of the Patricia McDonald Memorial Education Scholarship is to honor the memory of Patricia McDonald.

Because of the growing need for WOC nurses throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona, as well as a strong belief in the continued growth and success of WOC nursing, the Tucson Affiliate of the WOCN is offering scholarships to deserving individuals who are furthering their nursing career in the field of wound, ostomy and/or continence. These scholarships are made possible primarily through the efforts of the Tucson Affiliate of the WOCN, which conducts educational seminars within the community and surrounding area.

Tucson Affiliate of the WOCN Mission Statement

The Tucson Affiliate of the WOCN Society is a professional nursing group supporting its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert care to individuals in the Tucson and surrounding Southern Arizona areas with wounds, ostomies, and incontinence.

National WOCN Philosophy

The WOCN believes that nursing as a profession enhances health care services to a multifaceted society and includes prevention, health maintenance, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation. WOC Nursing is an area of specialty practice within the framework of nursing that strives to advance the health care and quality of life of all affected individuals.

By the process of accreditation, the WOCN promotes high standards of education and requires a baccalaureate degree with a nursing major or an equivalent as the entry level for WOC Nursing Education Programs and for specialty education programs in wound, ostomy and continence management. Scholarships are awarded to deserving individuals committed to working within the wound, ostomy and continence nursing specialty. Applicants agree to support the WOCN Society philosophy and scope of practice. The WOCN Society does not discriminate among applicants on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

Criteria for WOCN Scholarship

  • Must have a BSN, Master's, Doctoral Degree, Nurse Practitioner Certificate or meet the WOCNEP educational requirements.
  • Proof of current unrestricted RN License.
  • Applicants must be members, in good standing, of the Tucson Affiliate of the WOCN by becoming a member of the national WOCN.
  • Submit proof of acceptance into an approved WOCN Society.
  • Proof of current employment as RN/BSN during the last 2 years.
  • Reside and practice in Southern Arizona.