|Meet Our Recipients|
Class of 2020
Faith Chadwick, Phoenix, AZ (BASIS Peoria). Faith has volunteered with Homeward Bound, a non-profit for homeless families; and has served as a mentor and tutor for middle and high school students. She volunteered with 1Mission, helping to build a house in Mexico. She has also participated in the Model United Nations for the past four years, and was recognized as the "Best Delegate" in 2018 and 2019. Faith plans to attend Arizona State University and eventually become a physician assistant.
Dakota Kirk, Tucson, AZ ( Catalina High School). Dakota is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and volunteers with Bridge the Gap American Sign Language Club, teaching ASL vocabulary and grammar and deaf culture information in order to foster a culture of understanding and awareness towards the Deaf community. She will attend the University of Arizona Honors College and double-major in Biomedical Engineering and Sign Language Interpreting.
Maggie Jackson, Colorado Springs, CO (Pine Creek High School).
When Maggie noticed the restaurant where she works was tossing dozens of loaves of bread each evening, she received permission to donate the bread to the rescue mission in downtown Colorado Springs. Maggie also founded her own business, Make A Difference (MAD) Scrunchies and donates 50% of the profits to a local charity each month. She plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in business, with a minor in nonprofit management.
Melissa MacDonald, Divide, CO (Manitou Springs High School).
Melissa is a volunteer who teaches piano and guitar to students with special needs including attention deficit challenges and autism. She also volunteers with the Summit County ambulance crew during her school breaks and is part of Sources of Strength, a program to promote connections to help prevent suicides. She plans to major in Molecular Biology for pre-med at the University of Puget Sound in Washington.
Gwen Morgan-Flowers, Ft Defiance, AZ (St Michael Indian School). Gwen founded the Native American Music Fund Program at Ft Defiance, where she led the effort to raise funds to purchase and distribute 400 instruments to Navajo children, and was a junior coordinator of the Navajo Coat Drive in Window Rock, AZ. She wants to become a lawyer focusing on international law.
Hannah Pond, Mesa, AZ (Red Mountain High School). Hannah has volunteered with St. Bridget's Catholic Church, teaching catechism classes and Vacation Bible School. Hannah also tutors students in math, and volunteers at Bridges Preschool. She will major in biomedical engineering and has been accepted at several universities, including the University of Arizona Honors College.
Grace Schlenker, Phoenix, AZ (Arcadia High School). Grace is the founder and President of Arcadia DreamCatchers Club, a chapter of the Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation. Through the club, Grace helps fulfill the final wishes of terminally ill people. She is also a leader in Unitown, a national youth leadership and diversity training program. She will attend either Auburn University or Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, majoring in business or marketing.
Emma Suttell, Anthem, AZ (Boulder Creek High School). Emma is the chapter president of the Veterans Heritage Project where she has written veterans' stories for publication in an annual book; coordinated activities of other student volunteers in the project; and hosted the annual ceremony honoring veterans whose stories are published in the book. Emma also volunteers as a youth ministry coach at her church, Christ's Church of the Valley. She will attend Northwestern University as a journalism major with a potential double major in legal studies or Spanish.
Imani Lige-Chrenshaw, Colorado Springs, CO Imani has completed her first year at the Daniel College of Business and Denver University and is studying Entrepreneurship.
Christina Davila, Vail, AZ. Christina is enrolled in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and majoring in Nursing.
Michael Fairbanks, Mesa, AZ. Michael is attending Arizona State University and major in Education.
Emmy Hendricks, Colorado Springs, Co.
Emmy is at the Colorado School of Mines majoring in Civil Engineering.
Nadira Mitchell Tucson, AZ.
Nadira has completed her first year at the University of Arizona and is majoring in Natural Resources and Wildlife Conservation.
Katie Pascavis, Chandler, AZ. Katie attending Arizona State University and is majoring in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering..
Madeleine Zheng, Tucson, AZ. Madeline is enrolled in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and majoring in Biochemistry.
Amy Zhou, Scottsdale Scottsdale, AZ. Amy is finishing her first year at Yale and is majoring in Government.
Class of 2018
Valeria Campuzano, University of Arizona. Valeria plans to pursue a career in medicine. She has volunteered in various organizations in the community, including Villa Maria, and the Boys and Girls Club. On a trip to Mexico, Valeria was inspired by a small boy to assist his family in need. She bought them shoes with her allowance, gathered donations of clothes and food, and delivered everything to the family. She motivated her own family to make this giving a tradition. She hopes to one day become a doctor and work with Doctors Without Borders.
Alysanna Casteneda, University of Arizona. Alysana is majoring in business administration. Alysana’s cousin was diagnosed with Leukemia at a young age. Motivated by her cousin's journey, Alysana became involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; and a local nonprofit, Integrative Touch for Kids. She has helped raise more than $30,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and was recognized as the Society's Student of the Year for 2017.
Grace Dalrymple, UCLA. Grace is interested in a career in law helping sexual assault victims. Grace volunteers throughout the commuity and with the Andra Heart Foundation, a nonprofit founded in memory of her sister, who died from cardiac arrest. They work to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, have sponsored more than 4,000 ECGs for student athletes and provide community support.
Dallas Green, University of Arizona. Dallas plans to major in Geology. Despite his own hardships, Dallas embodies “taking care of others.” He started volunteering in elementary school through the “Kids Helping Kids” program, then later was part of the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. He has also volunteered with Team Up for Tucson and numerous other organizations.
Moriah Irving, Scripps College (Claremont, CA). Moriah will major in Neuroscience and Political Science. Impacted by a family tragedy, Moriah volunteers as a peer counselor at Teen Lifeline. The suicide hotline for teens, where calls are answered by other teens, offers a unique opportunity for teens in crisis to speak with a peer. In her studies, Moriah plans to focus on both the science and policy surrounding mental health and hopes to increase understanding about mental health.
Jella Tatil, Colby College (Waterville, ME). Jella will major in Biology. Jella and her family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines when she was 9, and she experienced first-hand the importance of a community that helps in times of need. As an immigrant, Jella was concerned with the lack of assistance for first generation college-bound youth. So, with the help of Las Lagunas de Anza Ambassadors, she created a “What’s Next?” workshop to provide information and assistance.
When I was 13 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Learning how to manage my disease wasn’t the hard part. What was hard was accepting that Type 1 Diabetes was now part of me, forever. The hospital was wonderful bringing me back to health, but they weren’t so great at making me feel…okay.
This experience inspired me to join a group of teens at the University of Arizona Medical Center (now Banner) who wanted to make the hospital a more friendly and comfortable place.
I have continued this passion through a PhD program at the University of Michigan Medical School where I work full-time on research. As I continue down this path, I am more confident each day that
this is how I can make the biggest impact in my community and in the world.
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 eligibility 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.