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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. 

Lydia Carra, centerIn 2014 the Caroline Krajewski Manney Nursing Scholarship Award was presented to Lydia Carra, a resident of Bridgewater, NJ.  “Ms. Carra demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, exemplifying and reflecting the values of Caroline Krajewski Manney, the agency’s former director,” said Alyce Brophy, Community VNA President and CEO. “She is passionate about the care and comfort of patients, providing and utilizing her specialized knowledge and skill, and she expresses an immense enthusiasm about the promotion of health and wellness in our community,” she added.  Ms. Carra, a student at The College of New Jersey, commented, “Providing direct patient care within the nursing field allows me to develop relationships to enhance my patients’ ability to heal and improve.”

Individuals may apply for the annual Caroline E. Krajewski Manney Scholarship by meeting the following criteria:

Resident 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

To obtain an application for the 2015 scholarship, you may contact our office at 908-725-9355, Ext. 0, or download as a Word document.  Be sure to read the entire application. The deadline for application will be provided next year and the winners will be announced at the Community VNA Annual Meeting in May, 2015.