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Celebrating Retiring Directors Ruth Pringle & James Foreman

WAEF has made progress for 26 years and continues to move forward thanks to the amazing men and women that serve on the foundation’s board of directors. When a member retires from the board, it’s a perfect to celebrate and honor their contributions. We delayed retirement for Ruth Pringle and James Foreman hoping to hold […]

Celebrating Our Future!

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 […]

Financial Aid Support for College-Bound Students

Dr. Gene Sharratt compiled the information shared here to assist Washington students navigate changes in state need based grants and gain a stronger understanding of how to access state and federal financial aid. For students currently enrolled in college, make sure to reach out to your financial aid office if you or your family’s financial […]

Today is the Day!

Our wait is finally over and we are so excited!! You can now order Washington Apples specialty license plates. How do you do this? You have two options for ordering your plates. The first is to download the form from the state DOL website and return it to them via the USPS. Instructions for that […]

License Plates Available July 1st!

Wenatchee, Wash… With much anticipation, the Washington apples specialty license plates will make their debut next week.  Starting July 1st, Washington drivers may order the plates for their licensed vehicles from the Department of Licensing website at https://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/specialdesign.html.  Proceeds from the sales and renewals of the plates benefit the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF).             […]

What’s Different at WAEF Now

Last week Good Fruit Grower contacted WAEF to find out what we’re doing differently since the start of the pandemic. In our visit, I realized there have been a lot of changes at WAEF. It seemed like a good idea to share those out and keep our full WAEF community apprised. (Thank you for the idea, Ross!) Career [...]

2020 WAEF Scholarship Recipients Announced

Students learned of their awards this week in an improvised congratulations announcement. Industry members and supporters are providing over $1 million in scholarship aid to this group of dedicated and worthy young people. This year's scholarship recipients include 218 renewing students and 92 new scholarship recipients. 66 of our new students are current high school [...]

Special WAEF Story – Scholarships Go Full Circle

WAEF students never fail to amaze us. I am excited to share a special story with you about one of our current WAEF students. Last Friday the 2020 WAEF Wish List was distributed via email. This list includes men and women identified by our scholarship selection committee. The students on the list have strong potential and a desire to succeed […]

24 Young Spellers Qualify for NCW Regional Spelling bee

This year 24 impressive young spellers earned entry to the NCW Regional Spelling Bee organized by the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF).  The regional champion represents north central Washington at the national Scripps Spelling Bee held annually in the spring in Washington DC. Students in grades 4th-8th from Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties were […]

We Passed! Washington Apples License Plates Available July 1st!

This afternoon the Washington State House of Representatives passed SB6032 – our final hurdle to getting the new Washington apples specialty plates into law. We are so appreciative of our primary sponsor Senator Brad Hawkins and the dedication and work of our Yakima and Wenatchee area legislators. Below is the announcement from Senator Hawkins’ office. […]