Washington Apple Education Foundation received a check for $12,000 last week from Stemilt Growers LLC., Wenatchee, Wash.

Washington apple group receives $12,000 from StemiltThe funds for the check came from the proceeds of the 4th Annual Thomas K. Mathison Memorial Golf Tournament on May 17 in Wenatchee, according to a news release.

WAEF oversees more than 150 scholarships each year including the Thomas K. Mathison Memorial scholarship.

36 teams turned out for the golf tournament to raise funds for the scholarship which is named after Stemilt’s late founder Tom Mathison.

“Tom valued education and was always a strong supporter of local schools,” said Jay Fulbright, vice president of operations at Stemilt in the release. “The annual golf tournament is a way for us to carry on his passion for education by raising funds that benefit local students as they pursue a college degree,”

Approximately 419 students throughout eastern Washington applied for 187 scholarships totaling $475,000 in 2012 and 139 of those students were awarded with scholarships to use at the college of their choice, according to the release.