|Meet Our Recipients|
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 will major in physiology. 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. Grace has applied to multiple universities and hopes to attend either the University of California Los Angeles or New York University. She hasn’t selected a major, but is interested in a career in law helping sexual assault victims. Grace volunteers throughout the community 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.
Class of 2017
Maryama Aden, Arizona State University. Maryama is pursuing a degree in sociology. She has volunteered throughout her community in hospitals and healthcare-related projects. Maryama has also worked at Project C.U.R.E, and volunteered at Cardon’s Children's Hospital in Mesa in patient and visitor relations.
Meghan Crowther, Brigham Young University (Utah). Meghan is studying Linguistics and plans to attend medical school. She hopes to eventually work with Doctors Without Borders to bring healthcare to war-torn areas. She has volunteered with Casa de los Ninos and the Red Cross. Meghan participated in the Veteran's Heritage Project, where she interviewed veterans and wrote their stories for a book that is now in the Library of Congress.
Julia Garcia, Arizona State University. Julia plans on majoring in social work, with a minor in non-profit organizations. She hopes to use her degree to help those in need. She has given more than 450 hours as a volunteer at the Maricopa county hospital, in the Child Life department. Julia describes her volunteer time as, “putting my problems on hold while I do everything in my ability to ensure patients and families remember their experience in the best possible light.”
Noelle Kerr, University Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA). Noelle is majoring in Psychology, and is a pitcher on the softball team. Her goal is to become an occupational therapist. Noelle has spent many hours helping youth with special needs, working as an occupational therapy intern and volunteering with organizations such as Horses with Wings (a program to help autistic children).
Carlos Salazar Polanco, South Mountain Community College. Carlos plans to major in Premed and hopes to become a doctor. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as an infant, Carlos has not only worked to overcome his own challenges, but serves others, committing more than ten hours a week to volunteer work. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his efforts, including the Courage Award from the city of Tempe.
Meena Venkataramanan, Harvard University (MA). Meena is planning on majoring in Government. In addition her classes, Meena is interning for the Chief Correspondent of The Washington Post and a member of the Harvard Mock Trial Team. She volunteers teaching a government and politics class to fifth-grade students at a local public school, and writes for the Harvard Political Review. In addition, she is a member of a student council that plans public service activities.
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.