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.
Skie (Osborn) Kagulire
2015 Graduate, Pepperdine University
Skie Kagulire graduated from Pepperdine University with honors in 2015. She was one of Alisa's angels first loan recipients. Skie now works for Silicon Valley Bank in Boston as part of a lending team specializing in medical device and biopharma companies that are developing innovations in health care. She has been with SVB for three years.
She and her husband, Frank, serve with their church youth group. She is also fundraising for a student in Uganda to help him get his bachelor's degree. So far they have raised enough money to cover his first year of school.
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.