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Scholarship Program

Caroline E. Krajewski Manney Nursing Scholarship 

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 or Warren 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 andwho 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-schoolchildren, 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.

On Tuesday, May 7,2019, Community Visiting Nurse Association (CVNA) presented its 13th annual Caroline E. Krajewski Manney Nursing Scholarship Award at its 70th Annual Meeting at the Raritan Valley Country Club.  The scholarship was developed in memory of Caroline E. Krajewski Manney, former Director of Community VNA from 1969 to 1985.  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 or Warren County, are pursuing a career in nursing and who demonstrates dedication to the field of nursing and community health.  Helping to present the award was current Board Member and Vice Chair, Carol Patterson.  This year’s scholarship was awarded to Julia Wetzel of Columbia, New Jersey. 

Carol Patterson, CVNA Chair, stated, “Julia exemplifies the values of Caroline Krajewski Manney, the agency’s former director. She is passionate about having a positive impact on the lives of others, dedicated to making a difference and values the promotion of a holistic approach to health and wellness in our community.”

Ms. Wetzel, a nursing student at Stockton University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Holistic Health,  "I aspire to become a nurse who not only treats her patients physically, but one that connects with her patients and provides emotional support as well," she stated.

Ms. Brophy added, “Julia embodies the values of Caroline Krajewski Manney, the agency’s former director.  She is a strong, confident, and driven woman dedicated to becoming a caring professional nurse exemplifying those values of Caroline Krajewski Manney. Community VNA is proud to promote the field of nursing as well as honor our former Director by presenting the Caroline E. Krajewski Manney Nursing Scholarship Award.”

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

Residents of Somerset or Warren County; enrolled in a National League for Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited nursing program within the State of NewJersey; 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 the 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