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Q&A: Meet Connor Carlson


When it comes to dedication and persistence, few young people stand out like Connor Carlson. Connor, who is from Phoenix, Arizona, recently graduated from Horizon High School in Scottsdale. This fall, he's about to start an exciting new chapter at Arizona State University in Barrett, the Honors College, where he will study Mechanical Engineering. Connor's dedication to his family, friends, and community is what inspired us most about his story.

What inspired you to apply for the Alisa’s Angels Scholarship?

What inspired me to apply for this scholarship was Alisa's Angels' mission of giving back to the community. I felt that I was a perfect fit for the scholarship. I have volunteered through Scouting since I was 6 years old, accumulating over 1000 hours of service, of which 500 hours were in the last 4 years. Volunteering is very rewarding.


What is a personal achievement or milestone you are particularly proud of?

I am particularly proud of earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting America. The skills I have learned in Scouting will help me throughout my future endeavors in college and in life. I believe living by the Scout Oath and Law has shaped my character to be a positive asset to my family, friends, and community.


What are some of your favorite hobbies or interests outside of academics?

Outside of academics, I really enjoy being outdoors, like going hiking, white water rafting, and ziplining. Another hobby that I have developed has been running. Running makes me feel a sense of ease and gives me a chance to clear my mind.


How did your high school experience prepare you for your future endeavors?

My high school experience has prepared me for my future by helping develop perseverance and determination, all while keeping a positive attitude. These skills were not only developed in the classroom but through running Cross Country and Track for the past four years. Running on these teams made me better physically, and I also gained mental strength along the way.


Can you share a challenge you’ve overcome and what you learned from it?

A challenge I have overcome was when I was leading my Eagle Scout project. There were many challenges, but the biggest challenge was the COVID pandemic. I learned perseverance and utilized my problem-solving and leadership skills to find a way to safely complete the project and not let the pandemic stop my desire to give back to the community.


What advice would you give to future applicants of the Alisa’s Angels Scholarship?

A piece of advice that I would give to other Alisa’s Angels' future applicants would be to get involved in your community, whether it is with your local school clubs, Scouting, or other community organizations. Do something that you really enjoy, and you will be surprised at how much cheerful service you will provide back to the community.

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