Visiting Nurses award three scholarships

( The Stratford Visiting Nurse Association awarded nursing scholarships to three recent high school graduates.

Carley Altemose is this year’s recipient of a $500 Barbara Mastroianni Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Carley, who just graduated from Bunnell High School, will attend Western Connecticut State University and is interested in becoming a nurse anesthetist. She was inspired by her mother, an ER nurse, and her father, also currently a nursing student.

 Victoria Tallberg, a recent graduate of Stratford High School, and Nicole Jankura, a recent graduate of Shelton High School, received $500 Donna Curran Memorial Nursing Scholarships.

Tory will attend the University of Delaware and wants to become an Air Force flight nurse. She will be the fourth generation in her family to make nursing a career, joining her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother.

Nicole will be attending Southern Connecticut State University and currently volunteers at Danbury Hospital.

“I had the honor of presenting the Stratford VNA nursing scholarships to three very qualified, compassionate and determined young women,” Scholarship Committee Chairman Julianne Banquer said. “The future of nursing is looking bright.”

The scholarship fund was formed by the staff five years ago in response to the nursing shortage.

The non-profit Stratford Visiting Nurse Association is a home health care organization that has served Stratford and other area towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties since 1919. Services include professional nursing, homemaker/home health aide support, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medical social worker support, psychiatric nursing, advanced wound care/wound vac, maternal-newborn care, oncology care, IV therapy, PT/INR testing, cardiac/high risk program, and home telemonitoring. A nurse is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The community-based VNA is governed by a voluntary board of directors, is Medicare-certified, licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Further information is available at