Meet the 2009 Awardees
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Alisa Savanna Carithers comes from a low-income family, but has never let economic disadvantages stop her from pursuing her dream of a college education. When her family couldn't afford a car, she took four buses and two trains each day to get to classes her freshman year. When the recession placed a burden on her family, she pitched in by working two part-time jobs while balancing a full class load.
After Alisa earns her degree in anthropology at Cal Poly Pomona, she hopes to continue her education and enter the field of archeology. She has been recognized twice with scholarships and is a member of Phi Gamma Mu, the international honor society for the social sciences.
Alisa currently works as a reading grader at an educational center for children from the pre-school to high school level. While she has faced significant struggles in her own life, Alisa readily assists those less fortunate: She has aided the homeless and other low-income families by serving them on Thanksgiving Day.