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.
University of Arizona
Mariana graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and minor in Spanish and Retail Sciences. She is the station manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car at the Tucson International Airport and the event coordinator at Borderlands Brewing. She recently purchased a house, and lives with her rescue dog, Brando.
Mari still loves community service. She is applying to be "Big Sis" with Big Brothers Big Sisters, assists with the League of Mexican American Women’s Tucson chapter and is the Alumna Adviser for Kappa Delta Chi. Mariana also helps with Alisa's Angels. She explains, "Alisa’s Angels has meant the world to me. I want to do everything I can to bring Alisa’s Angels into the home of more students looking for financial assistance for school, and help change their life the way it has changed mine."
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.