WAEF Scholarships

2021 WAEF Scholarship Applications Are Open!

Who qualifies?

Students raised in families with direct ties to Washington’s tree fruit industry are eligible to apply. Ties to the industry are created through immediate family member or personal employment in an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington, immediate family ownership of an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington or immediate family employment in a company directly serving the apple, cherry or pear industry in Washington. Employment must be current and to have been ongoing for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. Additionally, students with a desire to work for Washington’s tree fruit industry may also qualify. Individual scholarships may each have more specific qualifications.

Click here for a complete list of award descriptions/qualifications: Award Descriptions


Universal Scholarship Application

Use this form if you meet the criteria above regarding who qualifies and are on a four-year degree path or are pursuing a two-year program that does not meet the vocational/technical application criteria.  Click here to link to application

Vocational/Technical Scholarship Application

Use this form if you are enrolling in a technical or vocational program compatible with work in the tree fruit industry. Programs that qualify include auto repair/mechanic, automotive technology, computer application, construction building and trades, diesel mechanic, electrical, electronics, HVAC, industrial systems technology, instrumentation, logistic control, machine programming, machine technology, mechanized irrigation systems, network administration, project management, refrigeration, welding or other technical agriculture related. A complete list of programs is available through the application link.  Click here to access the application.

Need help?

WAEF has created a scholarship training website based on key messages from our scholarship training curriculum.  Students learn about researching scholarships, avoiding disqualification and standing out in the selection process.  Visit www.scholarshipresources.org.

For other assistance, please contact the WAEF office at (509) 663-7713 or scholarships@waef.org. Your questions are welcome!

You should also check out our scholarship tips. This list of tips reflects lessons learned reviewing hundreds of scholarship applications over the last 20 years. Scholarship Tips

2020 Scholarship Recipients!

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is supporting over 300 students this year with new and renewing scholarships.

Funding for the awards was raised through voluntary contributions from members of the tree fruit industry and its suppliers and service providers. In total, this year’s scholarship recipients are receiving over $1 million in educational awards.

Most students receiving WAEF scholarships share a common link of parent employment in the tree fruit industry. WAEF scholarship recipients are pursuing a wide variety of degrees and career paths. Awards may be used by their recipients at accredited two-year colleges, four-year public and private universities and technical/vocational colleges.

Read the full list of scholarship recipients by county here!