First Tyler Van Anne Memorial Scholarships Awarded

Sophan Kellog, winner of the Tyler Van Anne Scholarship with the five young men awarded honorary scholarships. Photo by Don Taylor Photography

LAPS Foundation News:

Dianne Dandiver and Lee Bussolini helped the family of Tyler Van Anne set a scholarship through the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 

A beloved son and brother, Tyler is remembered through a scholarship awarded to a graduation senior at Los Alamos High School, “who demonstrates positive character traits; involvement in community; and being a successful role model in demonstrating love, understanding, and compassion for self and others.”

Van Anne shared the following about her son, “Tyler had the biggest and most kind heart, a beautiful smile, a great personality and a great sense of humor.  He was a very compassionate person and loved helping people, and had many friends. 

Our son and brother loved spending time with his friends and family most of all, but he also loved to fish, hunt, play basketball and football. Tyler was a lifeguard at Canyon Vista Pool in the summer and worked at Smith’s in White Rock during the school year. Tyler was an amazing son and brother and we are proud we are proud to be his parents and brother.”

The first scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to Sophan Kellog.  Kellog initiated the “Reach Toward not Away” a teen suicide prevention program.  She will attend Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., and plans to double major in international business and psychology. She is the daughter of Marvel Harrison and Tom Csanadi.

Five additional honorary scholarships were awarded the following graduates: Sam Flesner, Trevor Pacheco, Chris Parker, Wesley Skidmore and Jon Michael Weaver. “Each of these five amazing young men has all reached out to others in their lives to make a difference,” Van Anne said.

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