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.
Elisa Loya Gill
Pima Community College,
Northern Arizona University
Elisa attended graduated from Tucson High with support from Youth on Their Own. She learned at a young age to set goals and work hard to achieve them. Despite her own challenges, Elisa helped her family and contributed to her community throughout high school.
Elisa earned her associates degree in nursing through Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. She continued her education, earning her BSN through Northern Arizona University.
Elisa is a registered nurse working at St Joseph's Hospital in Tucson. Patient care and the telemetry unit are her passions. Elisa plans to continue her education and become a nurse practitioner.
Graduating high school seniors from across Arizona are eligible for the scholarships.
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.