• TEXT SIZE: 
Scholarship Program

Caroline E. Krajewski Manney Nursing Scholarship

Caroline Krajewski Manney

In 2006 Community Visiting Nurse Association established a nursing scholarship in honor of the late Caroline E. Krajewski Manney (right).  The scholarship is awarded each year to one or more students from Somerset County who are enrolled in a National League for Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited nursing program within the State of New Jersey and who have successfully completed at least one semester in an RN Program.

The scholarship was established to honor Caroline Krajewski, who joined Community Visiting Nurse Association (formerly Somerset Valley Visiting Nurse Association) in 1961.  Caroline brought her dedication, kindness and compassion for the field of nursing to Somerset Valley VNA for more than 20 years. Her commitment to home care led her to the role of Director in 1968.

Caroline started her career at Muhlenberg School of Nursing, where she developed a deep appreciation for public health, home care and teaching.  She continued her education and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health and Nursing Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Caroline was a true believer in public health and home care, convinced that the home was the best place to recuperate.

An advocate for the poor and underserved, Caroline was instrumental in initiating expectant parents classes.  Working with the local departments of health, she helped initiate free health clinics for infants and pre-school children, providing medical care to those in need.  Caroline Krajewski Manney was a true visionary, recognizing the importance of home care and community-based services in promoting the health of individuals and the community.  The scholarship was created as a means to honor her dedication while helping to support individuals seeking to pursue careers in nursing.

The 2015 Caroline Krajewski Manney Nursing Scholarship Awards were presented to Shannon Pilsbury of Warren, NJ, and Rosemarie Freschi of Raritan, NJ.  Alyce Brophy, President and CEO of CVNA, noted, “Both Rosemarie and Shannon exemplify the values of Caroline Krajewski Manney, the agency’s former director.  They are passionate about learning, dedicated to making a difference and value the promotion of health and wellness in our community.” 

Ms. Freschi, a student at Saint Peter’s University who is pursuing a BSN degree, commented, “I chose nursing because it is a career that allows me to become an influence in each patient’s life and provides me with the opportunity to make a difference.”

Ms. Pilsbury, a student at Stockton University also pursuing a BSN degree, stated, “My first day of nursing clinical I knew that I had chosen the right profession for me. That day I was beyond excited to put on my scrubs and for the first time I actually felt like a nurse.  I realized that the skills I learned in my foundations class would be tasks that I perform every day for the rest of my life and I could not be happier about it.”

Ms. Manney was a true visionary, recognizing the importance of home care and community-based services in promoting the health of individuals and the community.  The award is presented to an individual or individuals who reside in Somerset County, are pursuing a career in nursing and who demonstrate dedication to the field of nursing and community health.  Helping to present the award was Carol Patterson, Associate Professor in Nursing, Raritan Valley Community College, and current CVNA board member.  

Applications for the scholarship will be available next year and are to be submitted to the CVNA office in Somerville. Individuals may apply for the annual Caroline E. Krajewski Manney Scholarship by meeting the following criteria:

Residents of Somerset County; enrolled in a National League for Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited nursing program within the State of New Jersey; successful completion of at least one semester in an RN Program.  Other qualifications are:

  • Evidence of academic ability that includes:
    • Official transcript from High School (if graduated within three years)
    • Official transcript from institution in which enrolled, including most recent semester completed
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better
  • Completion and submission of an essay of approximately 300 words expressing future professional goals and an overview of why she/he chose the nursing profession
  • Submission of two letters of reference – one professional and one personal

You may obtain an application by accessing this link and downloading it as a Word document.  You may also contact our office at 908-725-9355, Ext. 0, to request the application.  Be sure to read the entire application. The deadline for application will be in April, 2016, and the winner or winners will be announced at the Community VNA Annual Meeting in May, 2016.