WENATCHEE, WA – The kids are the future, as my mother is wont to say, and boy, does Stemilt know it. The grower has partnered with the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) to award students of local agriculture families scholarships to pursue their secondary education goals.
“Stemilt’s Founder and my grandfather, Tom Mathison, knew how important it was to invest into the up-and-coming generation, so he partnered with WAEF over 25 years ago to ensure students of Stemilt employees and other ag families in the area had the opportunity to earn college degrees,” explained West Mathison, Stemilt President. “Today, we honor his spirit and kind heart by awarding multiple scholarships to numerous students every year.”
Currently, Stemilt offers 16 scholarships that are either renewable or single use for one academic year, a press release noted. How the program works is that Stemilt awards four renewable scholarships based on financial need, four renewable scholarships based on merit, and six single-year scholarships based on financial need, academic performance, and school and community involvement. The Mathinson family also created the Thomas K. Mathison (TKM) Memorial Scholarship which awards two students $20,000.
“The TKM Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one student whose parent is a full-time employee of Stemilt and one student whose family is in the agricultural business, but not necessarily directly involved with the company,” commented West. “This award is focused on strong character and a will to succeed. My grandfather was the first to admit that school studies weren’t his strong suit but rather focused on merit and striving to become a well-balanced individual.”
Those who received this scholarship were: Karina Gonzalez, a freshman at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in Mathematics with a double minor in Chemistry and Spanish; and Leticia Garcia, a second-year student at Heritage University pursing her nursing degree.
“Both of these students have shown great dedication to their studies, especially while learning how to balance life and school during the pandemic,” commented West. “They’re currently enrolled in school, however attending classes through online platforms. Both demonstrate their need to succeed as well as maintaining a positive outlook even when times are tough, meeting the criteria of the TKM scholarship.”
West and the entire Stemilt team are pleased to help students like Gonzalez and Garcia work toward completeing their educational goals and look forward to helping more students like them in the future.
“Both of these students demonstrate Stemilt’s values and norms, and we are thrilled to be supporting them to achieve bigger and greater things,” West concluded. “And although my grandfather cannot congratulate these students himself, my family and I know he would be extremely proud of their accomplishments and desire to flourish.”
Congratulations to those students on this accomplishment, and we look forward to learning more about how Stemilt is working toward investing in the future of ag.