The ChrisAlice Scholarship was created in 2002 to honor both Alice Haversat and Christina Kerr Kasfeldt for their love and commitment toward their communities. James Haversat, son of Alice Haversat, and Lillian Kerr Haversat, daughter of Christina Kerr Kasfeldt, founded the scholarship to celebrate the dedication their mothers had toward their communities. The scholarship is meant to support students who help their communities and bring awareness to local issues, and also to show students that they can make a difference. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and write an essay about the dedication they hold toward their communities. Two students are awarded each year, and are given $1,000 to support their commitment to the communities around them!
The 2019 winners of the ChrisAlice Scholarship are Hailey Janelle and Katie Tewksbury.
Hailey Janelle has demonstrated consistent dedication to Portland middle schools. She helped with the athletics program, but going on environmental education expeditions with the students helped her discover that she wanted to major in environmental science. Hailey has volunteered at the Appalachian Mountain Club, and Portland Trails. She continues to work with King Middle School while attending college. She has had one time volunteer experiences with Cultivating Communities and also Partners for World Health. She says that the ChrisAlice scholarship will give her more time to do what she loves while bettering her community.
Katie Tewksbury grew up volunteering at animal and homeless shelters, which helped her see the world in a new light. She became interested in different cultures and global social injustices. At 16 she joined Global Leadership Adventures, where she taught English and built classrooms in Ghana. She also traveled to teach in Thailand. After she finished teaching she went to an elephant reserve where she cared for previously abused elephants. Although exploring and experiencing volunteer opportunities influenced her life tremendously, her time with Preble Street in Portland helped her discover the passion she holds for social work.
The ChrisAlice scholarship does a marvelous job at highlighting the importance of helping the community. Next time you see someone or something in need, help out, and remember that you can make a difference.