Tualatin’s largest private employer awarded two college scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, to Vanessa Chizum of Tualatin and Courtney Bither of Tigard.

The Lam Research Foundation supports high-achieving students who wish to pursue degrees in the science and technology fields, and who have demonstrated a commitment to community service.

The scholarships are the first to be awarded in Oregon since the Silicon Valley-based company acquired Novellus Systems, Inc., in 2011.

Chizum was one of Tualatin High School’s 14 valedictorians this year. Lam acknowledged her involvement in extracurricular activities like volleyball and soccer, as well as her volunteer work with Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Tualatin Food Bank. The scholarship will support her as she heads to the Oregon Institute of Technology to study diagnostic medical sonography.

Bither, who was a valedictorian at Tigard High School, will attend the University of San Diego to major in both psychology and chemistry. She served as event chair for Tigard’s Sparrow Club, organizing a 5K run to support medically needy children. She also qualifed for a national debate as a member of her school’s debate team.

Applications for Lam Research Foundation’s 2014 scholarships will be available in local high school career centers at the beginning of next year.

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