Eleanor Ahlstrom and Gina Ragsdale

UA student Eleanor Ahlstrom accepts a scholarship check from Gina Ragsdale, chairwoman of the DAR scholarship committee, Buckeye chapter. (Photo courtesy Gina Ragsdale)

The 2018 Daughters of the American Revolution awarded a $500 scholarship to UA student Eleanor Ahlstrom, who attended Buckeye Elementary and Buckeye Union High schools.

Ahlstrom penned an essay about patriotism.

“Everyday citizens can demonstrate patriotism by becoming informed and tolerant before expressing criticism, becoming involved in local affairs, serving their neighbors, honoring the law, and offering respect to those who valiantly serve to protect our country and the freedoms we enjoy,” she wrote.

While in high school, Ahlstrom was on the varsity swim, basketball and tennis teams, the latter of which won the state championship in 2014. She was an active member of the National Honor Society and student council. She earned an International Baccalaureate diploma.

During the summers, Ahlstrom works at the Buckeye Aquatics Center as a lifeguard and coach for the Buckeye Bullfrogs swim team, helping guide young swimmers to become good teammates, friends and competitors.

At UA, Ahlstrom is in the Honors College and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is in the pre-nursing club and participates in many recreational events on and around campus, such as 5K runs and fitness classes.

An incoming junior, Ahlstrom has been accepted to the University of Arizona College of Nursing, with the goal of becoming a registered nurse who travels. She is on track to graduate in May 2020.