Award for Academic Excellence

Award for Academic Excellence – 2021/22 Academic Year

Yakima Federal has established this award for the purpose of recognizing high academic achievers graduating from high school and a resident in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas or Yakima County. It is for those graduates who are accepted by and enrolled in an accredited college, university, community college, or technical school during this year’s fall semester. 

In 2022, Yakima Federal Savings and Loan will award $174,000 in academic assistance to area students and schools. In addition to $2,000 to each student, seven local colleges and universities will each receive $2,000. Since the program inception in 1974, Yakima Federal Savings and Loan has given more than $2,400,000 to local students and institutions to help pay for secondary education.

Applicants must reside in Yakima, Kittitas, Benton or Franklin counties, graduate in the top 10% of their class and have demonstrated high moral character, industriousness, and ambition during their high school career. Also required with the application is a one page letter of motivation outlining future plans, school and life experiences, including any challenges faced and overcome, and the impact of receiving an award.  Students can review requirements and apply online now at  

Awards are limited to two applicants from each area school. Home schooled students are also eligible. Awards are funded upon student enrollment for the fall semester following graduation. Award checks are issued payable to the school in which the student is enrolled. 

The 2021/22 recipients are:

Melo-Flores, Erika Connell HS
Ooka, Alexis Kiona Benton HS
Yates, Kassidy Naches HS
Ruddell, Raelynn Richland HS
Sorensen, Maya Southridge HS
Madrigal, Yoceline Sunnyside HS
Cervantes, Maria Toppenish HS
Preciado, Fabian Toppenish HS
Trujillo, Mario Toppenish HS
Tilley, Mariana Alicia AC Davis HS
Bartschi, Emily Chiawana HS
Bleazard, Madelyne Chiawana HS
Ochoa, Jesus Zamora Cle Elum Roslyn HS
Board, Amanda Cle Elum Roslyn HS
Jenks, Madalyn Connell HS
Mendoza, Xitlaly Connell HS
Macduff, Abigail Delta HS
Walter, Anika Delta HS
Taylor, Macy M. East Valley HS
Castro, Michelle Velazquez East Valley HS
Martinez, Isabella Raquel Eisenhower HS
Parker, Benjamin Patrick Eisenhower HS
Mattson, Chloe Ann Ellensburg HS
Naboychik, Reaghan Ellensburg HS
Sanchez, Kiana Grandview HS
Rodriguez, Anthony Grandview HS
Herrera, Gregorio Granger HS
Velazquez, Lizabeth Granger HS
Kerbyson, Hannah J. Hanford HS
Chiang, Jana Yi-Chen Hanford HS
Rydberg, Guinevere Caress Highland HS
Cole, Faith Carolyn Homeschool
Harrington, Kanna T. Kamiakin HS
Patillo, Justin Kamiakin HS
Howard, Isabella L. Kennewick HS
Heninger, David Isaac Kingspoint Christian HS
Sigaran Orellana, Kasey Kiona Benton HS
Alvarez-Alvarado, Cecilia Kiona Benton HS
Dunham, Cordell Vene Liberty Christian HS
Medina, Korina Daniela Mabton HS
Ross, Lucas Naches HS
Stout, Emily Paige Naches HS
Kubalek, Calumet M. Pasco HS
Ohler, Baylee Prosser HS
Sonnichsen, Grace Prosser HS
Peterson, Brookelyn Richland HS
Hart, Simon Richland HS
McConn, Cian Corcoran Rivers Edge HS
Young, Madelyn Riverside Christian HS
Immel, Isaac Riverside Christian HS
Munson, Skylin Jae Riverview HS
Rogers, Shelby Ranae Riverview HS
Adams, Kellam Michael Selah HS
Willey, Robin A. Selah HS
Stites, Chloe I Southridge HS
Brown, Justin Ryan Southridge HS
Rip, Brea A. Sunnyside Christian HS
Copenhaver, Simon D. Sunnyside HS
Mendoza, Alexia Sunnyside HS
Myers, Adam Shane Toppenish HS
Ochoa, Viviane Toppenish HS
Chang, Hannah Faith Tri Cities Prep
Potter, Clair Elaine Tri Cities Prep
Littlebull, Brianna Lee Wapato HS
Stoller-Black, Olivia Bean Wapato HS
Afualo, Oakley Luteru West Valley HS
Bauer, Brooke Elaine West Valley HS
Bock, Briley Rae White Swan HS
Olsen, Henry P. Zillah HS
Savage, Taylor Grace Zillah HS


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