The Melanie Foundation awards scholarships annually to applicants enrolled in graduate-level studies in the mental health field. Please review the scholarship requirements to find out if you qualify.

TMF Gives Back

The generosity of the community and the enthusiasm for the cause has had a significant impact on our success. We have been able to provide numerous scholarships and will continue to do so, as well as make donations to community organizations.

Get Involved

Learn how you can make a difference by making a donation to The Melanie Foundation or by becoming a sponsor of our road race, which is held in September each year.

The Saratoga Palio

The Melanie Foundation raises funds for scholarships and community donations by hosting The Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O'Donnell Memorial Race. Learn more about our half marathon and 5K, and come run with us through the beautiful streets of Saratoga Springs!


The Melanie Foundation’s mission is to foster support for mental health. The Foundation contributes to this mission in two ways – scholarships to students pursuing graduate education in a mental health field, and direct contributions to local organizations that address mental health concerns.