The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is the charity of the tree fruit industry. Our mission is to impact lives through access to educational opportunities.
WAEF was founded in 1994 by members of Washington's tree fruit industry with a desire to advance the industry's charitable work. Today, WAEF supports college-bound young people, provides scholarship training in regional high schools, funds the work of community and school organizations providing scholastic assistance to farmworker families and connects the values of tree fruit industry members with good works in the community.
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.