The Washington Apple Education Foundation, Wenatchee, raised about $30,000 for its scholarship program at its sixth annual WAEF Scholarship Celebration Luncheons.
The luncheons, July 25 at the Cashmere Riverside Center in Wenatchee and Aug. 1 at the Yakima Convention Center, hosted more than 500 students, parents, donors and guests.
Ismael Vivanco, associate executive director for Migrant Education/Academic Achievement at the North Central Educational Service District, was the keynote speaker at the Wenatchee luncheon.
State Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens was the Yakima keynote speaker.
Four-year WAEF scholarship recipients Noelle Podlich at Wenatchee and Jose Garcia at Yakima thanked donors and encouraged other students at the luncheons.
Through sponsorships of the luncheons and donations there, the organization raised $30,000. Northwest Farm Credit Services, a sponsor, presented the luncheons, and dozens more local produce, agriculture, insurance and science-based companies sponsored or donated money.
This year, WAEF is distributing scholarships valued at more than $400,000.