CLA Foundation Selects WAEF for $15,000 grantJennifer Witherbee
WAEF was the recipient of a generous $15,000 grant from the CLA Foundation this month. The CLA Foundation is supported through CliftonLarsonAllen employee contributions. It awards grants through a competitive process to non-profit organizations in their operating areas.
David Cobia of CLA’s Yakima office nominated WAEF. He shared this about the reason behind the nomination, “Growing up in the Quincy Valley, many of my friends had parents who worked in the apple industry. At the time there were not many opportunities for scholarships, so when I saw how closely aligned WAEF’s mission was to the CLA Foundation, I was excited to nominate them. I love what WAEF is doing to support economic opportunities for children of tree-fruit industry workers. They are a great fit with what we are doing with the CLA Foundation to impact local communities through education, employment, and entrepreneurship.”
Funds from the grant will be used to support WAEF’s activities Beyond the Scholarship including scholarship training in regional high schools, coordination of student stewardship outreach, and other activities focused on assisting students from tree fruit growing regions access higher education and graduate from college ready to launch their careers. All WAEF activities are funded through voluntary donations.
WAEF learned of its approval for the grant in late July. This month the foundation’s chairman Laurie Knebusch and executive director Jennifer Witherbee met with CLA representatives in Yakima to share WAEF’s appreciation. David Cobia, CLA principal, and Nancy Leyva, senior accountant out of company’s Quincy office participated in the meeting. Nancy was a four-year WAEF scholarship recipient. She graduated from CWU in 2016.