We are so honored to have the personal support from employees of Nike North America Merchandising for the 2015 Taylor’s Gift Scholarship. This scholarship seeks students that are not only excelling academically but going above and beyond with an Outlive Yourself spirit, something that falls in line with Nike’s mission to “bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world."
With so many incredible applicants for this year's scholarship, narrowing down to just five students was a difficult decision for committee members. It is with great honor and joy that we proudly announce our 2015 Taylor’s Gift Scholarship Recipients:
Congratulations to Alejandro Gonzalez, Allison Lipovsky, Rebekah Moomau, Geneva Werner, and Christopher Zhou!
“...these students are absolutely incredible and without ever meeting them, it’s crystal clear that they exude ‘Outlive Yourself' all in aspects of their lives! I not only feel immensely grateful to have been involved in this process, but also completely inspired to continue championing ‘Outlive Yourself’ in my daily life, and encouraging others to do so as well. THANK YOU for allowing Nike to be a part of your amazing organization!”
- Nike Employee and 2015 Taylor’s Gift Scholarship Committee Member
Meet the 2015 Scholarship Recipients
Alejandro Gonzalez - Coppell High School (Texas)
“I feel very honored to be the recipient of such a great scholarship that represents much more than just academics and extracurricular activities. Taylor's gift represents hope and has impacted the lives of many people across the country. This is the most meaningful scholarship I could have received and feel extremely blessed to be able to represent Taylor's Gift.”
Alejandro is a 2015 scholarship recipient from Coppell, Texas. He was born in Mexico where he lived for five years before moving to his current hometown. He enjoys playing sports, especially soccer and basketball but will enjoy any sport as long as it is with friends. He also enjoys listening to music whenever he has free time. Beginning in the Fall he will be attending Texas A&M University at College Station to major in Applied Mathematical Sciences.
Allison Lipovsky - Harrison High School (Michigan)
“I believe Taylor's Gift is for a great cause, and I am so thankful to be one of the Scholarship Recipients this year. This scholarship will help me further my dreams in education and allow me to help those around me to become better people.”
Allison is a 2015 scholarship recipient from a small town in Northern Michigan. She loves helping her community in any way possible, encouraging others to live with an “Outlive Yourself” spirit to the best of her ability. She loves playing sports, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. In the fall she will be attending Grand Valley State University where she will play softball and pursue studies in the medical field.
Rebekah Moomau - New Tech @ Coppell High (Texas)
“It was such an honor to receive the Taylor's Gift scholarship. Organ donation has personally affected my life, so I am happy that I am able to represent this organization. The message "Outlive Yourself" is an important phrase to spread because of the life-changing experiences and positive impact it has on so many people.”
Rebekah is a 2015 scholarship recipient from Coppell, Texas. In the fall, she will be attending Oklahoma State University to major in Business. She hopes to get involved with philanthropic activities and organizations on campus and in the Stillwater community. Her hobbies include community service, cheerleading, crafts, and traveling.
Geneva Werner - Plano Senior High School (Texas)
"I am so honored to receive the Taylor's Gift Foundation scholarship and represent Taylor, her family, and the cause of organ donation. Taylor's Gift has changed so many lives and challenged so many people to outlive themselves and I am truly thankful to be a part of the organization."
Geneva is a 2015 scholarship recipient from Plano, Texas. She graduated with honors and will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall to study chemical engineering. She enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, going to church youth group, running, and playing volleyball.
Christopher Zhou - duPont Manual High School (Kentucky)
"Taylor's Gift has its origins in a tragedy, yet its dedication towards its cause has prevented many more. As a recipient of this scholarship, I am absolutely honored to be affiliated with such a humanitarian organization. This money will help me worry less about financing my education and allow me instead to focus on my studies and pursue my career goals."
Christopher is a 2015 scholarship recipient from Prospect, Kentucky. He is a freshman at Yale University pursuing a degree in Molecular/Cellular and Developmental Biology, and plans to one day become a physician. He is also an avid clarinetist, having been very active in his local music community, and hopes to continue his musical studies in college. Christopher is a registered organ donor. He hopes to give the gift of life someday and believes that few other endeavors would grant a greater sense of purpose, bestow a higher reward, or better embody the “Outlive Yourself” spirit.
Taylor’s Legacy Continues to Live On
“I am truly touched by many of these kids and what they have had to go through in their lives. I think the work you are doing through Taylor’s Gift is truly truly inspiring. Taylor’s legacy lives on not just in the organ recipients but also in the lives of these children that you and the foundation continue to change for the better. Your example is an inspiring one and I only wish there were more people like you, that way the world would become a better place to live in. Thank you for doing this and thank you for making me a part of this.”
- Nike Employee and 2015 Taylor’s Gift Scholarship Committee Member
After Taylor experienced a tragic skiing accident that took her life on a family vacation to Colorado in 2010, her family wanted to plant a tree in her honor at her middle school. An outpour of love and help from the community led Taylor’s parents to create an "in lieu of flowers" opportunity for the community to help complete the project. The support was more than expected, and with more money than was needed for the garden project, so began the idea for creating a fund for scholarships. Since 2011, Taylor’s Gift has proudly awarded the scholarship to 20 graduating seniors from across the nation for their outstanding “Outlive Yourself” spirit.
“We are grateful for such an incredible committee! With so many incredible applicants the committee did an outstanding job of choosing students that were very deserving of this special scholarship and who strive to serve others. We can’t wait to see where life takes these special young men and women and we know they will all make us proud!”
- Todd and Tara Storch, Taylor’s Parents