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.
Sara graduated from Arizona State University this December, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in three and a half years. She attended the Watt's College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and majored in Social Work.
This past summer, she served Access ASU as a Summer Programs Liaison through AmeriCorps. Access ASU is dedicated to increasing access to higher education and preparing Arizona students for success through family engagement and strategic K-12 education and community partnerships.
In May, Sara will begin her Master of Social Work with a concentration in Advanced Direct Practice at ASU. She demonstrates what is possible through dedication, hard work and perseverance.
Sara says, "None of this would have been possible without support from my family, friends and amazing organizations like Alisa's Angels.Thank you Alisa's Angels for not only being a financial support through my college career but also giving me a second family."
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.