WAEF Scholarships

The Washington Apple Education Foundation will award $1 million in scholarships to students raised in tree fruit industry communities in the spring of 2018.  Recipients of these awards are pursuing two- and four-year college/university degrees and technical degrees at accredited vocational/technical colleges.  Awards are open to graduating seniors and current college students. 

All awards are generously funded by individuals and businesses with ties to Washington’s tree fruit industry.

Who qualifies?

Students raised in families with 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

How do you apply?

Students pursuing a two- or four-year degree at a college or university should be complete the WAEF Universal Scholarship Application.  Completing this one form allows you to apply for all WAEF scholarships, except those identified under the WAEF Technical/Vocational Scholarship Application.  WAEF Universal Scholarship Application

The WAEF Technical/Vocational Scholarship Application is for students pursing a technical/vocational certificate or a two-year technical/vocational degree in one of the following fields: auto repair/mechanic, automotive technology, computer application, construction building and trades, diesel mechanic, electrical, electronics, HVAC, industrial systems technology, information technology, instrumentation, logistics control, machine programming, machine technology, mechanized irrigation systems, network administration, project management, refrigeration, welding, or other technical agriculture related.  WAEF Technical/Vocational Scholarship Application

Please refer to the qualifications for each application.  Applicants that complete the incorrect application will be disqualified from consideration.  If you have questions about which application is right for you, please contact the foundation office at (509) 663-7713 or scholarships@waef.org.

Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018.  In addition to completing the application form, letters of reference and transcripts are required.  These, too, must be submitted by the deadline.


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

2017 Scholarship Recipients!

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) awarded 251 new and renewing students with 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 just under $1,000,000 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 by county here!