The Kimberly Coffey Foundation Memorial Nursing Scholarship


The Kimberly Coffey Foundation Memorial Nursing Scholarship is awarded in honor of Kimberly’s beautiful spirit to a deserving senior at East Islip High School in NY pursuing a career in Nursing.

Kim died from meningococcal disease (commonly known as bacterial meningitis) one week before her 2012 high school graduation at East Islip High School and three months before starting her nursing education at Molloy College in NY.

Kim’s dream was to be a pediatric nurse, and through this scholarship it is our hope to keep her memory present at East Islip High School where she was loved by so many.

Although Kimberly was vaccinated for meningococcal disease, she contracted Meningitis B.  In 2012, there were no vaccines available to help protect against Meningitis B. Today, there are and that is why one of the scholarship requirements is for the applicant to provide documentation of meningococcal vaccination, including meningitis B vaccination.

2018 winners: Courtney Herrera and Kaitlyn Burk (not pictured)

2018 winners: Courtney Herrera and Kaitlyn Burk (not pictured)

2019 winner: Kylie McConnell

2019 winner: Kylie McConnell

This scholarship will be awarded annually to one East Islip senior graduate who meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Attend either a Bachelor of Science Nursing Program or an Associate of Science Nursing Program.

  2. Has been accepted to and will attend a nursing program accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).

  3. Must provide their acceptance letter with their scholarship application.

  4. Must receive and provide documentation of meningococcal vaccination AND booster, if indicated, for serotypes A,C,W,Y.

  5. Must also provide documentation of starting or completing a meningococcal serotype B (MenB) vaccination series.

  6. Has a minimum GPA of 3.2.

  7. Must provide one reference letter from one of their high school teachers.

  8. Provide a brief essay (250 words or less) stating why they have chosen nursing as a career and why they feel they are deserving of this scholarship.

Donations to the Kimberly Coffey Foundation Memorial Nursing Scholarship can be made through our DONATE page. The Kimberly Coffey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Or checks can be made payable to:

The Kimberly Coffey Foundation
PO Box 344
Massapequa Park, NY 11762