WAEF marks 30 years

by Staff report
| February 6, 2024 1:00 AM

WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Education Federation celebrated its 30th birthday this month, according to an announcement from the organization.

The anniversary commemorates three decades of shaping the future of students in the apple industry, according to the announcement. The WAEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the educational dreams of children from families that work in the tree fruit industry in Washington.  Established in 1994, WAEF has played a pivotal role in providing educational opportunities to thousands of students, fostering a community dedicated to academic excellence and personal growth.

“In 2024 we are going to start celebrating our 30th Anniversary. We will highlight a donor, a current student, an alumnus, or a volunteer every Monday, sharing their inspiring stories through 60-second interviews on our social media platforms. These stories will also be available on our YouTube channel,” the announcement quoted WAEF Executive Director Dr. Faviola Barbosa as saying.

The celebration aims to reconnect with the 3,000 students served by WAEF over the past 30 years, according to the announcement. As part of the celebration, WAEF plans to recognize past scholarship recipients at the annual scholarship luncheons in Wenatchee and Yakima in late July and early August, bringing together students, alumni, and supporters for a memorable event.

“We’re trying to reach out to all those students, feature them in our stories, and invite them to our luncheons. We believe their success stories will be incredibly inspirational for our current students and future potential scholars,” Barbosa said.

More information about WAEF’s 30th Anniversary celebrations can be found at www.waef.org.