2018 Scholarship Recipients Announced
Monday, April 2, 2018
Posted by: Liz Wallendorf
The 2018 Scholarship Recipients have been announced! This year, four are from Tucson, one from Nogales and one from Phoenix.
Valeria Campuzano, San Miguel High School, Tucson
Dallas Green, Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson
Valeria plans to attend the University of Arizona and pursue a career in medicine. She has volunteered in various organizations in the community, including Villa Maria and Boys and Girls Club. On a trip to Mexico, Valeria was inspired by a small boy to assist his family in need. She bought them shoes with her allowance, gathered donations of clothes and food, and delivered everything to the family. She motivated her own family to make this giving a tradition.
She hopes to one day become a doctor and work with Doctors Without Borders.
Alysana Castaneda, Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson
Alysana hopes to attend Baylor University or the University of Arizona and will major in physiology. Alysana’s cousin was diagnosed with Leukemia at a young age Motivated by her cousin's journey, Alysana became involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a local nonprofit, Integrative Touch for Kids. She has helped raise more than $30,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and was recognized as Student of the Year for 2017.
Marcia Grace Dalrymple, Flowing Wells High School, Tucson
Grace has applied to multiple universities and hopes to attend either the University of California Los Angeles or New York University. She hasn’t selected a major, but is interested in a career in law helping sexual assault victims. Grace volunteers throughout the community and with the Andra Heart Foundation, a nonprofit founded in memory of her sister, who died from cardiac arrest. They work to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, have sponsored more than 4,000 ECGs for student athletes and provide community support.
Dallas plans to major in Geology and attend either the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona or University of Wyoming. Despite his own hardships, Dallas embodies “taking care of others.” He started volunteering in elementary school through the “Kids Helping Kids” program, then later was part of the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. He has also volunteered with Team Up for Tucson and numerous other organizations.
Moriah Irving, North Phoenix Preparatory Academy, Phoenix
Moriah will attend Scripps College in the fall with a major of Neuroscience and Political Science. Impacted by a family tragedy, Moriah volunteers as a peer counselor at Teen Lifeline. The suicide hotline for teens, where calls are answered by other teens, offers a unique opportunity for teens in crisis to speak with a peer. In her studies, Moriah plans to focus on both the science and policy surrounding mental health and hopes to increase understanding about mental health.
Jella Tatil, Nogales High School, Nogales
Jella will attend Colby College in the upcoming academic year and major in Biology. Jella and her family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines when she was 9, and she experienced first-hand the importance of a community that helps in times of need. As an immigrant, Jella was concerned with the lack of assistance for first generation college-bound youth. So, with the help of Las Lagunas de Anza Ambassadors, she created a “What’s Next?” workshop to provide information and assistance.