Award for Academic Excellence

Award for Academic Excellence – Spring 2023 Graduates

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 2023, Yakima Federal Savings and Loan will award up to $217,500 in academic assistance to area students and schools. In addition to $2,500 to each student, seven local colleges and universities will each receive $2,500. Since the program inception in 1974, Yakima Federal Savings and Loan has given more than $2,700,000 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. 


Please join us in congratulating the 2023 award recipients.

Alexa Guzman A.C. Davis HS
Isabelle Ehlis A.C. Davis HS
Hailee Mendez Chiawana HS
Courtney Burke Chiawana HS
Kathryn Crowder Chiawana HS
Joel Kelly Cle-Elum Roslyn HS
Jessica Copp Cle-Elum Roslyn HS
Morgan Jenks Connell HS
Spencer Harris Connell HS
Juliana Poracayo-Jaimes Delta HS
Katelyn Albertin Delta HS
Tinley Taylor East Valley HS
Brady Locke East Valley HS
Mark Stephens Eisenhower HS
Joshua Jaiyeola Eisenhower HS
David Aguilar Eisenhower HS
Reyna Flores Eisenhower HS
Abby Paige Harrell Ellensburg HS
Alexandra Rose Gamache Ellensburg HS
Lilly Rose Kassinger Grandview HS
Damaris Martinez Grandview HS
Eliana Rios-Rodriguez Granger HS
Marian C Alaniz Granger HS
Kennard Hou Hanford HS
Rachel Lauren Tucker Hanford HS
Maria Ellen Jacobson Highland HS
Carol Elena Govea Highland HS
Claire Jeanette Emmans Home School
Ansel Hilding McCord Home School
Ailish Grace Carey Home School
Alexis Destefano Kamiakin HS
Jonah Austin Gebers Kennewick HS
Emma Racquel Rodriguez Kennewick HS
Emily Mae Williams Kingspoint Christian HS
Serenity-Fey Carey Kiona Benton HS
Jedediah Norman Kiona Benton HS
Brandon Trudell Kittitas HS
Jack Matthew Pietrusiewicz La Salle HS
Devin Michael Seaman La Salle HS
Andrew Garrett Smith Liberty Christian HS
Lauren Ann Reed Liberty Christian HS
Keanna Haberkorn Mid Columba Partnership
Abigail Longbottom Naches HS
Cambria Wright Naches HS
Michael Axel Lopez Pasco HS
Anna Cathrine Pattee Pasco HS
Auslyn M Schab Prosser HS
Julianna Clare Phillips Prosser HS
Madelyn Kay Richland HS
Madeline Nemeth Richland HS
Jordan Perkins Richland HS
Jaime Armenta-Gaytan River View HS
Pedro Morales River View HS
Querina Gabriella Hickenbottom Riverside Christian HS
Simon James Myers Riverside Christian HS
Allison Moultray Selah HS
Natalie Nicole Keller Selah HS
Kaylee Loftus Southridge HS
Levi Lamprey Southridge HS
Noah W Cussins Sunnyside Christian HS
Violet Skye Bosma Sunnyside Christian HS
Emma L Heeringa Sunnyside HS
Jared A Sheehan Sunnyside HS
Melina Rivera Garcia Sunnyside HS
Olivia Joalie Dobson Three Rivers HS
Judith Robledo Toppenish HS
Natalia M Sanchez Toppenish HS
Mercedes Madalyn De Smet Tri-Cities Prep
Victoria Rose Muzatko Tri-Cities Prep
Valeria Marquez Wapato HS
Ella Kathryn Ferguson West Valley HS
Haley Lynne Betterton West Valley HS
Eric Castro West Valley HS
Brooke L-A Heilman Zillah HS
Lily F Simmons Zillah HS

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