WAEF Scholarships

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WAEF Scholarship Applications open September 15, 2019.

Who qualifies?

Students raised in families with direct ties to Washington’s tree fruit industry are eligible to apply.  Ties to the industry are created through immediate family member or personal employment in an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington, immediate family ownership of an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington or immediate family employment in a company directly serving the apple, cherry or pear industry in Washington.  Additionally, students with a desire to work for the tree fruit industry may also qualify.

Click here for a complete list of award descriptions: Award Descriptions

Universal Scholarship Application

Use this form if you meet the criteria above regarding who qualifies and are on a four-year degree path or are pursuing a two-year program that does not meet the vocational/technical application criteria. Link to Universal Scholarship Application.

Vocational/Technical Scholarship Application

Use this form if you are enrolling in a technical or vocational program compatible with work in the tree fruit industry. Programs that qualify include auto repair/mechanic, automotive technology, computer application, construction building and trades, diesel mechanic, electrical, electronics, HVAC, industrial systems technology, instrumentation, logistic control, machine programming, machine technology, mechanized irrigation systems, network administration, project management, refrigeration, welding or other technical agriculture related. A complete list of programs is available through the application link. Link to Vocational/Technical Application.

Need help?

For assistance, contact the WAEF office at (509) 663-7713 or scholarships@waef.org.  Your questions are welcome!

You should also check out our scholarship tips.  This list of tips reflects lessons learned reviewing hundreds of scholarship applications over the last 20 years.  Scholarship Tips


2019 Scholarship Recipients!

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) a record 330 students this year with new and renewing scholarship support this spring.  Funding for the awards was raised through voluntary contributions from members of the tree fruit industry and its suppliers and service providers.  In total, this year's scholarship recipients are receiving over $1.1 million in educational awards.

 Most students receiving WAEF scholarships share a common link of parent employment in the tree fruit industry.  WAEF scholarship recipients are pursuing a wide variety of degrees and career paths.  Awards may be used by their recipients at accredited two-year colleges, four-year public and private universities and technical/vocational colleges.

Read the full list of scholarship recipients by county here!