ThanksUSA awarded Marine Corps dependent Alison "Ali" Baker a $3,000 Altria Group/Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Fund scholarship to begin her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York College at Geneseo.
With the goal of becoming a Kindergarten teacher, Ali majors in Childhood and Early Childhood Education. "I would love to positively influence the lives of children, molding the future generation into loving and compassionate individuals."
Ali is already a positive role model to many children through her volunteer work at The Bridge Daycare, an after-school program for underprivileged children. She also volunteers at the local Ronald McDonald House and serves on the Youth Children's Committee. Besides her studies and volunteer work, Ali is involved with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and plays Women's Field Hockey for the SUNY Geneseo Knights.