Our mission is to impact lives through access to educational opportunities.

WAEF was founded in 1994 by members of Washington’s tree fruit industry with a desire to advance the industry’s charitable work.  Today, WAEF supports college-bound young people, provides scholarship training in regional high schools, funds the work of community and school organizations providing scholastic assistance to farmworker families and connects the values of tree fruit industry members with good works in the community.

Known best for its scholarship program, WAEF donors make educational dreams come true for kids raised in tree fruit industry communities.  Children of growers, farmworkers, warehouse employees and others connected to the state’s apple, cherry and pear crops qualify for these valuable scholarships.

Further, the Foundation invests in academic success for those employed in the industry. Grant funding is made available to community and school organizations providing innovative educational assistance for farmworker families.

Foundation activities are made possible through generous donations made voluntarily by members of the industry.  Foundation donors include industry suppliers, growers, warehouses, retailers, professional service providers and others that contribute to production of our world-renown fruit and care about access to education.