Melissa Anne (Bertolini) Zalewski Memorial Dance Scholarship Fund

Melissa Anne (Bertolini) Zalewski graduated from Warren Area High School, Warren, Pennsylvania (1987), who lived a life of love for the arts with a special gift as an accomplished ballet dancer and dance instructor. She was offered an opportunity to join the world-renowned New York City Rockettes but was unable to accept and continue her dream due to a medical condition. After leaving the world of dance, she was a homemaker who enjoyed being a mom and instilling in her four sons many life lessons and loves including creativity, expression, and opportunity within the arts. Following her unexpected passing in 2014, Melissa’s four sons established a memorial foundation in honor of their late mother to support those pursuing a life of dance and those living with epilepsy. The presentation of this scholarship opportunity is the first of many promises kept in her honor.

This scholarship is currently not accepting applications.


March 15


Up to 2 awards/Up to $2,500 each

Scholarship FAQ


  1. Students will be graduating high school seniors in Pennsylvania pursuing an educational pathway and career in any form of dance. Preference will be given to classical ballet. Dance must be a major field of study, those with minors in dance will not be eligible.
  2. Preference will be given to high school seniors from: South Western High School in York County or Warren Area High School in Warren County
  3. Full-time attendance at a four-year college, university or school such as a dance academy or professional company associated with a school
  4. Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  5. Extracurricular activities & volunteerism
  6. Financial need
  7. Supplemental documents. This may include a resume, letter(s) of recommendation, transcript, FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS) or other scholarship-specific documents. Specific requirements are noted in the application.


This scholarship is a one-time only award.

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