2023 WAEF Scholarship Applications Open Today!

Wenatchee, WA… The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is proud to announce their 2023 WAEF scholarship applications are live today, September 15, 2022, and accessible at There are over 350 scholarships available to eligible candidates throughout Washington. Last year, WAEF awarded over $1 million in scholarships to over 300 students. WAEF Universal Scholarships are […]

Year of the Apple Art Contest Winner Announced

Wenatchee, Washington… On June 8, 2022, representatives from WAEF and Corteva Agriscience announced the grand prize winner at Chelan High School with principal Brad Long, the art teacher, Damian Smith, and art class peers in attendance. Chelan High School junior Macie Cowan is the Grand Prize winner in the 27th Annual Washington Apple Education Foundation […]

Washington’s Tree Fruit Industry Announces over $1 million in Scholarships Awarded this Spring

Wenatchee, Washington – The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) awarded 318 scholarships to students this year. Of the 318 scholarships, 218 were awarded to renewing students, and 100 new students were welcomed to the WAEF family. These scholarships represent over $1 million sponsored by the tree fruit industry through various fundraisers, in memory of industry leaders and […]

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 […]

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