The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) announced its 2021 scholarship recipients, with 332 students sharing in this year’s awards totaling more than $1 million, according to a news release on June 1. 

Funded through voluntary donations made by industry employers and supporters, WAEF scholarships are awarded to students whose families have ties to the tree fruit industry. In most instances, the parents of recipients are employed in orchards and warehouses, and approximately 80 percent are first-generation college students.

Among the 2021 scholarship recipients, 204 are renewing WAEF students and 128 are new recipients selected this spring, 87 of whom are 2021 high school seniors. 

Students receiving this year’s awards are from Adams, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Okanogan, Walla Walla and Yakima counties in Washington state and from Hood River and Umatilla counties in Oregon. A full list of recipients is available on the WAEF website at:

WAEF will hold its annual scholarship celebration luncheons in person for students, sponsors and parents and virtually for all interested in hearing the students’ inspirational stories and taking part in the celebration of shared impact. The Wenatchee luncheon is scheduled on Monday, July 26 and the Yakima luncheon on Monday, August 2. To register for the luncheon, visit or call the WAEF office at (509) 663-7713. There is no cost to attend virtually, though donations are welcome. 

For those interested in sponsorship opportunities, information can be found at or by calling the WAEF office.

by Jonelle Mejica