In years past, we would all be gathering together about now, WAEF scholarship recipients, their parents, donors and volunteers, for the annual scholarship celebration luncheon events. With the restrictions on group gatherings, this year we are instead getting to hear from students in this special tribute film.
Forced change is rarely welcome but there can be some silver linings. For us, this is one of them. We are so excited to get to share with an even bigger audience our amazing WAEF students. In the film you’ll get to hear lots of students share what obtaining a college degree means to them and express appreciation for the support they receive. Your support really matters!
WAEF is truly appreciative of our scholarship luncheon sponsors. Nearly all sponsors supported this move from an in-person event to a tribute film and allowed their sponsorship donations to remain intact. Just this year, though! We are excited to return to a more traditional format next year.
We have traditionally utilized the luncheons as an opportunity for guests to participate in funding student success. This year, that option remains. To make a contribution, text the word “Apple” to the number 56512. You’ll be taken to a website where contributions can be made and/or the film can be viewed.
Funds raised through these annual events support student success at college. It is the goal of the foundation that their scholarship recipients not just enroll in college but that they graduate on-time and prepared to launch their careers. To that end, throughout the year WAEF hosts career development workshops, provides care packages, organizes campus and regional networking events, and cultivates a supportive student community. These activities happen with the assistance of about 200 volunteers from the tree fruit industry and fruit growing communities.
The Scholarship Celebration Luncheons are presented by Northwest Farm Credit Services. Additionally, sponsorship support this year came from AgroFresh, Alegria & Company, Allan Brothers, Chelan Fresh, CliftonLarsonAllen, CMI Orchards, Columbia Valley Fruit, Conover Insurance, Cowiche Growers, CPC International Apple Company, Crunch Pak, Gilbert Orchards Inc., Good Fruit Grower, GS Long, Heritage University, Homchick Smith & Associates, HR Spinner Corporation, Kershaw Companies, Key Bank, Legacy Fruit, Matson Fruit, McDougall & Sons, Moss Adams LLP, North Cascades Bank, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Orchard-Rite, PayneWest Insurance, Sage Fruit, T&G Global, Tree Top, USI, Valley Tractor & Equipment, Washington Fruit & Produce, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Yakima Pomological Club and Yakima Valley Community Foundation.
Thank you again for creating opportunities for students to attend college, succeed at college and make a difference in their communities.