On March 19, 2004, Alisa Michelle Wallendorf, a beautiful girl who filled every space she entered with an abundance of love, laughter, and joy, died in a single car crash. She was 15. When we lost her, we cried not only for ourselves, but also for a world that would no longer have the pure joy and love that defined her.
I created Alisa’s Angels Foundation in her memory, in April of 2005. Alisa's Angels is committed to carrying on those things that were special about Alisa – her love for children and her selfless caring for others. With this in our hearts, Alisa’s Angels is “helping youth who are helping others” through scholarships and low interest loans for post high school education and training.
Even though she died at a young age, Alisa impacted many people of all ages through her endless love and selfless giving. I don’t have all the answers. However, I do know this… Alisa touched us all with a truly amazing grace.
Mathew Kaplan 2015 Graduating from Duke in December with a degree in in Positive Psychology. Passionate about education equity and antibullying work, he founded The Be ONE Project, that focuses on community-building and anti-bullying efforts for middle school students. After graduation he will return to Arizona with a position with Teach for America. He will be teaching middle school. “I'm very excited to be able to continue to serve in this way.” As a part of the program, he will pursue a Masters degree at Arizona State University. Matthew says, “I am grateful for the Alisa's Angels Foundation!”
Alisa's Angels scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors from Arizona and the Colorado Springs, Colorado area. Read more about our Colorado Springs expansion here.
Alisa’s Angels scholarship recipients are working and attending school throughout the nation, from Washington state to Washington DC, Maine to Michigan, Oregon to Orlando.