WALLA WALLA, Wash.— The recipients of the new Banner Bank Scholarship, created to assist academically talented but financially needy students to attend Whitman College, have been announced, and Walla Walla High School standouts Jennifer Keyes and Phuong Pham, who graduate Friday (June 6), are two of the recipients. Pullman High School student Madeline Jacobson received a third scholarship.

            Keyes, a three-sport varsity athlete and team captain, has maintained a 3.88 grade point average at Wa-Hi while participating in a number of extra-curricular activities. The captain of her Wa-Hi basketball team, she earned first-team honors, and plans to play on the Whitman basketball team. Keyes’ other extra-curricular activities include serving as student body secretary and vice president, softball captain, National Honor Society president and soccer captain. “Jennifer has demonstrated outstanding achievement both in her academic work and co-curricular activities at Wa-Hi, and we enthusiastically welcome her to the Whitman community,” said Kevin Dyerly, Whitman director of admission. (Keyes also received Whitman’s Murr Scholarship.)

            Phuong Pham,  born in Hong Kong, is a dual U.S. citizen who is bilingual in English and Vietnamese.  Her many extracurricular activities include serving as Wa-Hi’s Future Business Leaders of America’s recruitment officer, vice president of the Wa-Hi Orchestra, president of the International Club, and vice president of the Science Club. She earned a 3.8 grade point average at Wa-Hi while maintaining numerous leadership activities. “Phuong is a wonderful example of a first-generation, immigrant student who has done remarkably well at Wa-Hi and will contribute immensely to the Whitman community for the next four years,” said Dyerly.

            The $5,000 Banner Bank scholarship is renewable for all four years of attendance at Whitman. Awards are given with preference to students who live in communities where Banner Bank is located, primarily those who are from Walla Walla and surrounding areas of Eastern Washington. The scholarship targets historically underrepresented students—for example those who are from minority, first-generation and lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Students are selected for the scholarship upon admission to Whitman and will continue to receive it if they remain in good academic standing at the college.

            “We are pleased and honored that Banner Bank, in recognizing these outstanding students, is partnering with us to make a Whitman education accessible to more students in the greater Walla Walla community,” said Whitman President George Bridges. 

CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156