Yakima Federal Savings and Loan has a long history with their Awards for Academic Excellence program.  Over the years the institution has given out more than 2-Million dollars in scholarships for the top students in high schools across the region.

The window for applications is open now with the bank setting aside a $174,000 cash pool to fund 80 of the $2,000 individual awards to area graduating seniors in Yakima, Kittitas, Benton or Franklin counties.

In addition to academic excellence, C.E.O. Leanna Antonio says the applicants should be able to demonstrate "high moral character, industriousness, and ambition during their high school career."  A list of other requirements is posted at the Yakima Federal Saving and Loan website HERE.  Students are not only competing with peers from other area high schools but also with other students from within their own school since the awards are limited to just two applicants from each school.

Home schooled and on-line students are eligible too with the deadline for application of April 26, 2021, with winners being notified by June 1, 2021 and the money awarded once the student is enrolled for the fall semester following graduation.

C.E.O. Antonio says Yakima Federal is always looking to support and invest in the communities they serve and they have been money and muscle behind this scholarship program sin 1975!