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A Special Thanksgiving Day Story

With your help, WAEF students are realizing life-changing achievements. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and with our appreciation, we wanted to share one of those heroic stories with you. Jaqueline Velazco became a WAEF student in 2017 while a freshman at Washington State University. Following in her brother’s footsteps, she proved herself to be a […]

Alumni Volunteer of the Year: Amanda Adams

Little means more than having our former scholarship recipients return to WAEF as volunteers or donors. This year we are excited to share that Amanda Adams is our Alumni Volunteer of the Year! Amanda got involved with WAEF soon after accepting a position as the Human Resources Director for Legacy Fruit, LLC in the fall […]

Volunteer Organization of the Year: Washington State Tree Fruit Association

This year we are thrilled to recognize the amazing team at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association as our Volunteer Organization of the Year. WSTFA team members are first on our call list whenever we need help. Early on when WSTFA was created through the merger of several other industry organizations, they communicated their continued […]

Volunteer of the Year: Dany Cavadini

Volunteers make all the difference at WAEF! This year we are excited to announce that our Volunteer of the Year is Dany Cavadini. Dany is a caring, ultra-capable volunteer whose involvement touches all areas at WAEF. Guests at most WAEF events have met her at registration, greeting golfers on the golf course, selling raffle tickets, […]

Donations to WAEF MATCHED in November

Donations made to the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) will be matched this month thanks to the generosity of three tree fruit industry companies.  The match is made possible by CMI Orchards, Fine Americas and Orchard-Rite.  Matched donations support the scholarship and student support efforts of the foundation. Annually, WAEF awards over $1 million in […]

Jennifer Witherbee to step down in March

After leading the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) as its executive director for 20 years, Jennifer Witherbee has announced her intent to step down at the end of March 2022. Witherbee shared that the timing of her departure has much to do with the current health of the organization, “WAEF is in a great place […]

Scholarship Blitz Week – 52 Schools in 5 Days!

Last year WAEF was forced in to a new approach to scholarship training and promotion. This year, we’re excited to use lessons learned from last year’s efforts and combine them with historic approaches to scholarship outreach. We spent this week visiting 52 schools, each filled with potential WAEF scholarship recipients. We got to hear from […]

U.S. Bank Foundation Supports WAEF Students

Since 2003, U.S. Bank Foundation has been investing in student success through WAEF.  This year, the foundation increased its support granting a $15,000 gift to support college success of students from fruit growing regions in Washington. Laurie Knebusch, WAEF chairman, met with Community Bank President Lane Brown of U.S. Bank last week in Yakima.  She […]

Student Mentors Make a Difference

Last week WAEF mentors gathered to launch the 2021-22 student mentor experience.  16 mentors are volunteering this year.  Teams of two mentors lead a mentee group consisting of students ranging from their freshman to senior years of college. Mentors host virtual meetings with students monthly focusing on a variety of professional development topics including networking, […]

Former WAEF Chairman Roger Calhoun Remembered

This week we got to honor the memory of a very special man to WAEF. Roger Calhoun was elected chairman of the Washington Apple Education Foundation Board of Directors in 2007. He began his board service with WAEF in 2003 and retired from the board in 2012. During his tenure, Roger led efforts to revise […]

WAEF is Hiring!

Be part of changing lives through access to higher education! The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is the charity of the tree fruit industry providing access and support for young people to attend college and graduate ready to launch their careers. WAEF is funded by tree fruit industry members and individuals that believe in making […]

Generous Support for Students through Thomas K. Mathison Memorial Golf Event

An impressive sum was raised by Stemilt Growers this year to support the college dreams of the children of Stemilt employees and community members through its annual Thomas K. Mathison Memorial Golf Tournament.  This year $122,500 was contributed to the Thomas K. Mathison Memorial fund at the Washington Apple Education Foundation! Annually WAEF awards scholarships […]

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