EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -

Four schools in the University of Wisconsin System are hoping a new grant program will help avert a nursing shortage in coming decades.

An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report (http://bit.ly/1ak3Yfs ) says the schools want more nurses to become nurse educators, so they can train more people to fill open positions.

As incentives the schools are offering fellowships and loan-forgiveness programs. The grants will be available to nurses enrolling in graduate programs at UW campuses in Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee and Oshkosh.

The money is part of a $3.2 million UW System economic-development incentive grant.

A report from the Wisconsin Center for Nursing says the state could face a shortfall of 20,000 registered nurses by 2035 -- a result of expected retirements and an aging population.