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.
Kimberly graduated from ASU last May, summa cum laude, with a degree in Biochemistry and a Secondary Education certificate.
She is student teaching at a high school in Scottsdale and says, “I am loving every minute of it.” She has not yet decided what she will be doing next year; she has been accepted to three graduate programs for Environmental Science and Policy. Kimberly is also considering teaching and has applied for teaching positions for high school chemistry.
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 eligibility 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.