Melissa Anne Centrella passed away in June of 2002 after a twenty-year battle with dystonia. Though she is no longer with us, we are committed to keeping her passion for helping others alive.

Each year The Melissa Anne Centrella Scholarship Foundation awards students who have chosen to pursue a career in nursing, Medical Sciences or the Medical Technical field. These students share Melissa's passion for the advancement of Medical Sciences so that no innocent person has to suffer without a cure.

Please consider making a charitable contribution to the Melissa Anne Centrella Scholarship fund and help the students of today become the cure providers of the future.


Melissa Centrella was a Nutley High School Graduate and resident of Kinnelon, NJ. Melissa left us in June of 2002 after a 20 year battle with Dystonia. This scholarship will serve as a tribute to Melissa's life of courage and love. In the fall of 2002, Melissa's friends and family gathered to create a scholarship fund in her honor. Melissa's life was a remarkable one. Having left her impression in the hearts of all who met her, we feel that it is now our turn to carry on her mission. Her mission in life was simple in name and complex in deed. Hers was a mission of love. Without question the purest heart known to those who met her, Melissa made it her life's work to help others, particularly those afflicted with Dystonia. Through her mother Claire, Melissa put her energy behind many charitable causes. With her actions and words Melissa inspired everyone she met to be the best that they could be. It is with that same energy that her family and friends have gathered to award several yearly scholarships to students with the same characteristics as her. To-date 130 scholarships have been awarded in over 50 towns of New Jersey.

"We are truly grateful for Wells Fargo's support. With this Community Connections grant award, we hope to continue our commitment of providing scholarships to students," said Claire Centrella, mother and founder." The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo's Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice. Wells Fargo's Northern New Jersey region branches distributed a total of $139,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups - $1,000 for a nonprofit identified by each store manager.

"This breakfast offers us with the unique opportunity to show our sincere appreciation and celebrate the heroes in our communities," said Fred Bertoldo, Wells Fargo's Northern New Jersey region president. "The Melissa A. Centrella Scholarship Foundation was entirely chosen by our local branch team members, who witness and experience first-hand the positive and lasting impact the organization has made in their neighborhood where many of them and our customers live and work."

The Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo store managers the opportunity to provide additional grants to local nonprofits of their choice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. A total of $139,000 in Community Connections grants were awarded to non-profit groups at the October 29 breakfast event in Northern New Jersey. "We're proud to help the nonprofits serve our communities wherever we can."


The Melissa Anne Centrella Scholarship Foundation is a 501C3 Organization.

To make a donation by check or money order, please send to the following address:
MAC Scholarship Fund C/O Mrs. Claire Centrella 120 Quarry Drive Clifton, NJ 07013