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.
Renee is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, studying Cell and Developmental Biology and Bioinformatics.
Diagnosed as a young girl with juvenile diabetes, she focused on helping other children adjust to life-changing illnesses.
Her experience has inspired her studies, and she is now deciding where to focus her graduate work, looking at options such as researching methods to help repair adult muscles, or improved diabetes treatment.
Renee is excited for the opportunities ahead, “I am not sure which project I will spend the next five years working on, but I know any of them will be exciting and will make a big difference for many people in this world.”
Graduating high school seniors from across Arizona are eligible for the scholarships.
In 2019, high school seniors from the Colorado Springs, Colorado area are also eligible.
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.