Apple Cup Tradition Rewards Academic Excellence

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — No matter who wins the Apple Cup football game on November 21, the state’s best and brightest students at both universities will win scholarships from apple country. The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) pledged $5,000 to be shared equally by the Presidential Scholarship Funds at Washington State University and the University of Washington.
The foundation hopes to establish a new tradition for the tree fruit industry. This is the second consecutive year WAEF will award scholarships in conjunction with the annual football game.
“College football is loaded with loyalty and tradition,” said Sherrye Wyatt, foundation executive director. “It’s appropriate that our industry recognize academic excellence and celebrate the scholastic element of the Apple Cup.”
Wyatt said the Apple Cup epitomizes competition and ensures bragging rights, which is a tribute to the players from both universities. She said securing funds for scholarships is also competitive, which is why students and university officials appreciate the generous contribution from the foundation.
“Making college possible for our state’s students is the core of our land-grant mission,” said WSU President Samuel Smith. “We greatly appreciate the foundation’s commitment to students and to fostering our efforts to ensure that they pursue higher education.”
For more information contact WAEF at 509/925-2202, P.O. Box 39, Ellensburg, WA 98926.