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- 19 May 2018
Community Need-Based Scholarship
Since 2008 UDA has provided 38 need based dance scholarships to individuals in our community. This has been possible through to the efforts of the Lisa Wells Family, UDA recital ticket sales and the generous contributions of individuals and businesses.
Lisa Wells served as UDA's official sewing costume seamstress for six years before her passing. On a weekend four-wheeling trip, Lisa was in an accident and broke her back. Due to complications with surgery, she lost her life, leaving behind a husband, Richard, and three daughters, Lindsay, Shalene and Megan.
In loving memory this scholarship was created to honor Lisa and to give back to those in need. The following is one example of how this scholarship impacted a dancer’s life:
"The Lisa Wells scholarship gave my daughter one stable piece of her life at the time of our greatest turmoil. When she won the scholarship her father was terminally ill and was no longer able to work. Little did we know that he would pass away six weeks later. If we had not had the scholarship there is no possible way we could have afforded the expense of my daughter's dance lessons. Many may ask, why would that matter? After all, lots of children never have lessons. Well, dancing was the one place that my daughter could go and feel normal. Dancing is hers and hers alone. It was a safe place not filled with memories of her father. It is a place where she could go and dance out all those overwhelming feelings. Most of her peers at the studio were unaware of her situation, which allowed her someplace to go and not be that little girl whose daddy just died. This was a gift that let her live her dream a little longer, sheltered her from yet another loss. Dancing at UDA with the Lisa Wells Memorial Scholarship gave my daughter a safe harbor in a torrential storm until things calmed down at home. Our family will be forever grateful for this gift."