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WAEF Welcomes New Executive Director Dr. Faviola Barbosa

Dr. Faviola Barbosa is WAEF’s new executive director. Following a several month search, Dr. Barbosa began her new job on February 1st leading the tree fruit industry’s charity. “I am so happy to welcome Faviola as the new Executive Director of WAEF. Her excitement and passion to work with students is easily conveyed when she […]

Who Won the Rears Sprayer? And more from the annual meeting

It was an exciting year for WAEF to again gather with industry friends at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) Annual Meeting this year held in Yakima this week. WAEF activities included an alumni breakfast, Rears sprayer raffle drawing, silent & live auctions, and Washington apples license plate promotion. And the winner was… Kayla […]

November Match Goal Achieved!

Thank you!  The November match goal was achieved!  Donations made to WAEF through this match support Beyond the Scholarship activities that help students graduate on-time in four or fewer years and ready to launch their careers. This month Beyond the Scholarship outreach includes: Student involvement in the Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting Online […]

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, […]

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