(June 11, 12:21 p.m.) The Washington Apple Education Foundation, Wenatchee, Wash., received a $10,000 donation from San Francisco-based Wilbur-Ellis Co. in honor of former vice president and company director Don Thomson, who died April 26.

Herold Peebles, vice president of the Cascade & Great Lakes Division of Wilbur-Ellis, presented the donation during a banquet that followed the foundation’s annual golf tournament.

Thomson joined Wilbur-Ellis in 1951 and was senior vice president and company director of the agribusiness division from 1990 to 1992, when he retired.

“Don’s leadership in (agricultural chemistry) from the mid-‘60s to his retirement in 1992 established the solid framework that has allowed the company to attain its current level of significance in the agricultural industry,” said Ken Smith, former director and chairman of the foundation and former Wilbur-Ellis executive vice president of agribusiness, in a news release.

The foundation plans to use the donation for scholarships for college-bound young people who come from industry families. Earlier this year, the foundation awarded about 100 scholarships valued at approximately $200,000 to young people and an additional $30,000 in grants to community and school organizations for families involved in agriculture, according to the news release.