Scholarship Celebration Luncheon Recap: Wenatchee and Yakima!

On Monday July 25th in Wenatchee and Monday August 1st in Yakima the Washington Apple Education Foundation held scholarship celebration luncheons, presented by Northwest Farm Credit Services, gathering hundreds of people (sponsors, donors, volunteers and parents of recipients) to recognize the 2016 scholarship recipients. The luncheon also gave students an opportunity to thank the donors that helped fund their education.

Prior to the luncheons, new and returning scholarship recipients arrived at 8:30am for several workshops including a Budgeting in the Real World presentation by Steve Clive of Washington Trust Bank, a Pave Your Path: How to Set Goals for Success in College presentation by Violeta Martin, and a Career Panel with three different speakers at each luncheon discussing many topics including what employers look for during their hiring processes, and also a New Student Orientation Session led by WAEF staff. Thank you career panelists Chris Willett, Ben Jensen, Bob Mast, Jesika Harper, Jose Hurtado, Brian Alegria, Colleen Malmassari and Alma Arias.

Keynote speaker pete perez

Keynote speaker pete perez

The theme of both luncheons was Dr. Suess’s, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” and the whimsy was found everywhere; the centerpieces, the swirly colorful cupcakes, the giant balloons and the bubble machine which ruptured applause. The theme was also carried through the keynote speaker presentation: Pete Perez used the words of Dr. Suess comparatively to his own encouraging words, reminding students to, “Be brave, be smart, be safe, and be good” when approaching their future endeavors.

Student speakers Nancy Leyva and Jenna Bjur shared how WAEF scholarships and support affected their education and futures.

Wenatchee speaker Nancy Leyva spoke of her immigration from Mexico and the difficulties she faced learning English when she first began school. She expressed with emotion the hard work she saw her parents endure daily and how she wanted an education to better her life and provide financial assistance to them as well. Nancy will be starting work with CliftonLarsonAllen in the fall.

Yakima speaker Jenna Bjur shared her current duties employed at Del Monte in Toppenish and with exuberance, expressed her gratitude to WAEF donors and the foundation for the financial and emotional support received during her college years.

Nancy Leyva

Nancy Leyva

Jenna Bjur

Jenna Bjur

WAEF recognized five college graduates in Wenatchee and seven graduates in Yakima. Following them, WAEF presented the 74 scholarship recipients in attendance in Wenatchee and the 115 students in attendance in Yakima with a certificate presentation and photo with current chairman Kailan Dunn.

We would like to thank the sponsors and volunteers for their support in producing these luncheons.

Wenatchee

Presenting sponsor: Northwest Farm Credit Services

Supporting sponsors: AgroFresh, Chelan Fresh, CliftonLarsonAllen, Columbia Marketing International, Gebbers Farms, and Moss Adams LLP.

Table sponsors: Antles Pollen Supply, Confluence Health, Crane & Crane, Crunch Pak, Foreman Fruit, Homchick, Smith & Associates, PLLC, International Paper, Key Bank, McDougall & Sons, North Cascades Bank, Oneonta Trading Corporation, Sagemoor Farms, Stemilt Growers, USI Kibble & Prentice, and Valley Tractor.

Volunteers: Garrett Babst, Emily Bautista-Herdt, Pat Bossen, Steve Clive, Nicole Brunner, Arendra Deras, Eric Frank, Ronnie Howard, Danelle Huber, Jose Hurtado, Todd Kenaston, Sharon McDougall, Landon Michaelson, Leo Sax, Pat Sax, Dee Schoenmakers, Hans van Someren Gréve, Lavonne van Someren Gréve, Geraldine Warner, Violeta Martin, Jesika Harper, Bob Mast, and Chris Willett.

Yakima

Presenting sponsor: Northwest Farm Credit Services

Supporting sponsors: AgroFresh, Allan Brothers Inc., CliftonLarsonAllen, Tree Top Inc., Matson Fruit Company, Moss Adams LLP, Washington Fruit & Produce Company, and Yakima Pomological Club.

Table sponsors: Antles Pollen Supply, Conover Insurance, Cowiche Growers, CPC International Apple Company, Gilbert Orchards, Good Fruit Grower, First Fruits Marketing, HR Spinner Company, Heritage University, International Paper, Kershaw Companies, Legacy Fruit, Sage Fruit Company, Spinner Wood Products, Sundquist Fruits, and USI Kibble & Prentice.

Volunteers: Ruth Pringle, Mallory Shindler, Sharon Loos, Vanessa Reyes-Romero, Sue Dunn, Teresa Pritchard, Rhonda Lyons, Scott Dray, Carrie Mack, La Verne Bergstrom, Anne Morrell, Dakota Rieke, Kelcey Manterola, Frank Davis, Erika Estrada, Sue Olson, Ben Jensen, Colleen Malmassari, Brian Alegria, Violeta Martin, Steve Clive and Alma Arias.