Runnels | Independent School, Baton Rouge


Senior Awarded Credit Union Scholarship


Ryan Lam, a senior at Runnels High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Jefferson Financial Credit Union. He is one of 12 graduating seniors from south Louisiana to receive the award through the Peter C. Bertucci Scholarship Program.    

Carl Duplessis and Vicky Gaudet of Jefferson Financial Credit Union were at Runnels High School on April 30 to present Ryan with the scholarship. As part of the award, Lam’s sponsoring educator, high school English teacher Colleen LeBlanc, received a check for $100 and the school was given $300. 

The scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who are credit union members on the basis of academic excellence and community and school involvement.

As part of the application process, Ryan said he wrote a 300-word essay addressing the financial struggles students face in paying for college and how the credit union could address this by offering low interest student loans.

Ryan was the only winner in East Baton Rouge Parish this year.

He plans to attend LSU as a civil engineering major in the fall. Ryan is the son of Tri and Amanda Lam.