Scholarship Training Recap

WAEF wrapped up scholarship training for the 2017-18 school year last month having visited 47 schools (45 high schools and three colleges) and provided training to 4551 students.  This was our strongest year yet with the highest number of students reached.

 Scholarship training is a program WAEF offers to high schools in our region.  The curriculum is delivered by WAEF staff and focuses on three primary messages: who gets scholarships (scholarships are for all students!), how to avoid disqualification and what to do to stand out in the review process.  It's based upon feedback from selection committee volunteers compiled over the last 20+ years.

 We had several priorities going in to the 2017-18 school year:

·         Increase presence in vocational/technical high schools.  Four technical skills centers
 are present in our regions.  This year we provided training at all four; Wenatchee Valley Technical Skill Center, Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center, Tri-Tech Skills Center and Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center.

·         Adapt the curriculum from a 45-minute minimum delivery time to 30-minutes.  This surfaced in exit surveys completed by high school counselors.  The time we required for delivery was not fitting in to busy school days.  To accommodate this we had new films created to support our key messages.  The new films are short PSA style blasts that reiterate the "take-aways" we want students to recall from the presentations.

·         Gain access to high schools that we have not regularly provided training with in prior years.  Some progress was made with a few schools but not at the level we had worked to achieve. Additional efforts will be made next year to reach the few remaining schools not currently participating with WAEF.

 The WAEF scholarship training program is not a training program to apply for WAEF scholarships.  It is instead a curriculum that works with students on how they can compete for community scholarships.  We appreciate financial support and input from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and the Yakima Rotary Foundation.  Additionally, WAEF receives valuable funding from Chelan Fresh, Key Bank, US Bank and Wells Fargo making creation and delivery of the curriculum possible.

2017 Scholarship Training Schools:

Adams County

Desert Oasis High School

Othello High School

 Benton County

Kiona-Benton City High School

Prosser High School

 Chelan County

Cascade High School

Cashmere High School

Chelan High School

Manson High School

Wenatchee High School

Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center

Wenatchee Valley College

 Douglas County

Eastmont High School

Bridgeport High School

Mansfield High School

Waterville High School

 Franklin County

Chiawana High School

Pasco High School

Tri-Tech Skills Center

 Grant County

Almira Coulee Hartline High School

Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center

Quincy High School

Royal High School

Soap Lake Middle/High School

Warden High School

 Kittitas County

Ellensburg High School

 Okanogan County

Brewster High School

Okanogan High School

Pateros High School

Tonasket High School

 Walla Walla County

Prescott High School

 Yakima County

AC Davis High School

Eisenhower High School

Granger High School

Heritage University

Highland High School

Mabton High School

Naches Valley High School

Perry Technical Institute

Sunnyside Christian School

Sunnyside High School

Toppenish High School

Wapato High School

West Valley High School

White Swan High School

Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

 Scholarship Training Workbook