The Melissa's Hope Scholarships serve as a tribute to Melissa Centrella's life of courage and love. Each year, Melissa's Hope awards several scholarships to New Jersey students pursuing careers in nursing, medical sciences or a medical technical field. Because medicine and care were so important to Melissa's daily life, she had a deep respect for the people that helped to bring dignity, comfort and attention to her special needs. Questions regarding the scholarship program may be sent to


support the scholarship

If you are interested in making a donation toward our scholarship fund, you can make a secure online donation or by mailing a check to Melissa's Hope, 54 Wharton Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110.


apply for THE scholarship

The Melissa's Hope scholarship application is available online. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2020 and are due no later than:
MARCH 15, 2020. 

Scholarship Recipients


Click on each group photo for full view and for links to pages with individual recipients. You may also view a complete list of recipients and more about the impact our scholarships and grants have made.