Apple education foundation thanks Stemilt volunteers

Apple education foundation thanks Stemilt volunteers

Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Wash., received the Washington Apple Education Foundation’s Group Volunteer of the Year Award.

The apple grower-shipper received the award at the Washington Apple Education Foundation’s (WAEF) Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Cave B Inn at St. George, Wash., according to a news release.

Sixteen Stemilt employees volunteered throughout the year as student mentors and hosted them at a job shadow event in June and a career exploration event.

Stemilt gave scholarships to 15 students, and has donated more than $500,000 in scholarships over the past decade.

“Stemilt has been involved in many different ways and we truly appreciate their efforts,” Jennifer Witherbee, the foundation’s executive director, said in the release. “Their culture truly believes in the next generation and that is clear through their efforts.”

Stemilt’s owners, the Mathison family, has support the education foundation since it was founded 25 years ago, and members of the company “are still inspired by their efforts to support local students as they pursue their college degrees, Brianna Shales, senior marketing manager, said in the release.

 Nate Rubio, the human resources manager for Washington Fruit & Produce, received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award. A former recipient of the WAEF scholarship program, Rubio earned degrees in business and human resources.

Rubio and his family established a scholarship program three years ago through the foundation, according to the release.

Nate Fulton, agribusiness specialty practice director for PayneWest, received the Volunteer of the Year Award. He has hosted students at PayneWest for networking events and is a student mentor, according to the release.

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