WAEF currently manages scholarship funds for over 100 individuals, families and businesses. If you're curious about starting a scholarship fund, let us help!
Steps to establishing a scholarship at WAEF:
1. Name the scholarship. Examples are CPC International Apple Company Scholarship, Moss Adams/E. Peter Krier Scholarship and Delmar Smith Memorial Scholarships
2. Identify the award amount and payment method. $1000 is the minimum award size through WAEF. Scholarships may be funded annually or by establishing a permanent fund with a minimum balance of $25,000.
3. Establish award criteria: The following three sets of criteria are the current funding priorities at WAEF. Unique criteria may also be established.
□ Open to students raised in a family tied to Washington's tree fruit industry who will be, or are currently, attending a technical/vocational or two-year college pursuing a degree compatible with work in the tree fruit industry (automotive technology, building and trades, electrical, instrumentation, information technology, logistics control, HVAC, welding, business information management, mechanized irrigation system, computer applications, tree fruit management, etc.) (This award is weighted to assisting young people achieve technical degree compatible with work in the tree fruit industry.)
□ Applicants must be Washington state high school seniors or current college students from Washington state. Parents/Guardians of the applicants or applicants themselves must be employed in an entry level labor or entry level management position by a commercial grower or packer in Washington's tree fruit industry. (This award is weighted to financial need.)
□ Washington state high school seniors or current college students from Washington state are eligible. Student should have ties to Washington's tree fruit industry, either having been raised in a family deeply connected to the tree fruit industry or pursuing a degree in the tree fruit industry. (This award is weighted heavier to merit.)
If you elect to create custom criteria, WAEF staff can assist you. Examples of custom criteria are:
Bob McDougall Memorial - Scholarship is open to graduating seniors raised in tree fruit industry families from Chelan and Douglas counties pursuing an education at Wenatchee Valley College. Scholarship will be renewed for a second year at Wenatchee Valley College upon meeting renewal terms. One $2500 scholarship awarded annually, either as a first or second year scholarship.
Borton & Sons - Open to graduating high school seniors and students currently enrolled in college whose parents/guardians are employees of Borton & Sons (Borton Fruit Company). Applicants must plan to attend an accredited two- or four- year community college, university or technical/trade school within the territory of the United States. Number of awards vary.
Crane and Crane - Scholarship is open to the children of Crane and Crane, Inc. employees, or to graduates of Brewster, Pateros and Bridgeport high school if an employee child does not qualify. Qualified applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate education at a two- or four-year college/university or accredited technical school. Scholarship is renewable for up to four consecutive undergraduate years.
WAEF will help you through each of the steps. They may appear "easy" but each can be incredibly meaningful to those involved and make a lifelong impact on the recipients.
The great news is that you're not too late to make your first award this spring! We should begin now to establish criteria. Please contact Jennifer Witherbee via email or at (509) 663-7713 in the WAEF office to receive a scholarship information packet and get started.