Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship
The Melanie Foundation Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to a candidate pursuing a doctoral or master’s degree in the mental health field. The scholarship will be awarded to a candidate for one year. Candidates may reapply for additional years.
Each year a scholarship is awarded in Ms. O’Donnell’s name to promote her legacy of helping others through the exercise of wisdom and compassion. Through scholarship awards and fundraising activities, the foundation seeks to raise awareness about the inextricable link between mental health issues and community violence. Moreover, scholarship recipients advance the foundation's mission by devoting their energies and talents to the needs of victims, as well as the needs of emergency management professionals and health care practitioners.