Good Fruit Grower

October 2012

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Apples through education T Affecting lives Many scholarship recipients will be the first in their families to go to college. by Geraldine Warner his year, the Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded scholarships worth a total of $475,000 to 187 students, but had to turn another 232 students away. The foundation was formed in 1994 and is recognized as the charity of the state's tree fruit industry. Its mission is to influence lives through access to education. Each year, it awards hun- "There's probably 98 percent that are deserving of scholarships." —Kailan Dunn dreds of scholarships to high school students who otherwise might not be able to go on to higher education. Many are Hispanic students whose parents work in the tree fruit industry and will be the first generation in their families to go to college. The hope is that the students will become role models in their communities and influence future generations. Kailan Dunn Engineered for performance, durability, reliability, and longevity! Discover the Chinook fan blade advantage. Discover the Chi fan blade advantage. Xochitl Velazquez received the CCM scholarship from the Washington Apple Education Foundation, which helped her fulfill her dream of attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is now working on her MBA. She is pictured at the award ceremony with her father, Gabriel Velazquez, who works as a fruit inspector for CMI, one of the sponsors of the scholarship, and her aunt Maria Infante of Texas. Her mother, Xochitl Hurtado, a Columbia Fruit Packers employee, was at work. The number of scholarships has increased fourfold over the past decade, but the number of applicants has also risen, particularly in recent years with big increases in tuition costs in Washington State. The cost of tuition, room, board, and books at a public university like the University of Washington or Washington State University now totals around $20,000 a year. Deserving Jennifer Witherbee, executive director of the founda- tion, said that most of the applicants—even those who didn't receive scholarships—were deserving. "It wasn't that they didn't have potential," she said. "We 5 Increased Radius Coverage by 80-150 Feet with Same HP Draw 5 Air Flow Starts 14'' from Hub 5 Donier Swept Tip—Reduces Tip Drag 5 The Only Fan Blade with the "Trailing Edge Wedge" (widens sector angle and increases air velocity) 5 Advanced Flow Design 5 Increased Horsepower 5 LESS FUEL CONSUMPTION NSUMPTION 5 Quality Built, Affordable, Fast Payback Returns 509-248-0318 fax 509-248-0914 2921 Sutherland Park Dr. Yakima, WA 98903-1891 10 OCTOBER 2012 GOOD FRUIT GROWER COMPANY INC. H.F . HAUFF ran out of money. We want to be able to assist every single one of these applicants who is college ready and just needs a little bit of assistance to make it a reality." Kailan Dunn, Jr., son of orchardists Kailan and Sue Dunn of Naches, Washington, felt fortunate to receive several scholarships from the foundation while he was at Washington State University from 2004 to 2007 studying for a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and management. As well as easing the family's financial stress, the foundation's support motivated him to get good grades. It also gave him a desire to work with the tree fruit industry after graduating and to find ways to give back so that other young people could have the opportunity to go to college. "When I got out of college, my biggest thing I wanted to do was to get involved with the Washington Apple Education Foundation and find a way to give back," he recalled. On graduating, he got a job with Northwest Farm Credit Services and is now agriculture relations manager with Banner Bank. This year, Dunn, 27, became the first scholarship recipient to be elected to the foundation's board, where he serves alongside Dan Plath, David Millheisler, Hans van Someren Gréve, Karen Doornink, La Verne Bergstrom, Marc Griggs, Rachel Sullivan, Ruth Pringle, Sean Gilbert, Steve Clive, Todd Kammers, Tom Stokes, and Cory Groves. Dunn said he's been impressed by the willingness of industry people to give their time and money. As a board FORD TRITON V-10 or IVECO NEF 6.7 DIESEL performance & coverage? Need better Trial the Chinook blade at our expense! Judge for yourself! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Photo by Geraldine warner

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