WALLA WALLA, Wash.— The 2009-2010 Banner Bank Scholarships, created last year to help academically talented students with significant financial need attend Whitman College, have been announced. Walla Walla High School standout Tyler Hurlburt and James Powers of Tri Cities Prep are this year’s recipients.

During his years at Wa-Hi Hurlburt was active as a varsity athlete while maintaining a 3.98 grade-point average and participating in a number of extracurricular activities, including serving as president of Youth and Government. He was treasurer of Future Problem Solvers and was a member of its two-time international competition qualifying team. Hurlburt’s other extracurricular activities included serving as section leader and playing trumpet in the marching and concert bands, participating in Knowledge Bowl, and working for the YMCA as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. When he enters Whitman as a first-year in the fall he will join his brother Nicholas, a Whitman senior, on campus. “It was obvious to us that Tyler left a lasting mark on everything he did at Wa-Hi, and that he tried to leave the programs in which he participated better off than he found them. We have no doubt that Tyler will have a similar impact on Whitman, and we are thrilled he’s decided to join us this fall,” said Kevin Dyerly, Whitman director of admission.

Powers, student body president of Tri-Cities Prep, has maintained a 3.94 grade point average while playing the lead in multiple theater productions at his school and in the greater Tri-Cities area. Powers also served as student body vice president and class president during his time at Prep. His other extracurricular activities included participation in varsity cross country, football, choir and the Mock Trial organization, and volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity. “James was a Renaissance man at Tri-Cities Prep, a school with which we’ve not had much applicant history. We’re really pleased that our relationship with Prep begins this fall with one of the school’s impressive class leaders attending Whitman. I’m sure our theater department will benefit from James’ presence on campus in the next four years,” said Dyerly.

The $5,000 Banner Bank scholarship is renewable for all four years of attendance at Whitman. Preference is given 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 applaud Banner Bank in recognizing and supporting these outstanding students, for helping us make Whitman College far more accessible to talented students in Walla Walla and Eastern Washington,” said Whitman President George Bridges.

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