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    Washington Apple Education Foundation

Zirkle Fruit Company scholarships are open to students raised in the tree fruit growing regions of Washington State, who are or plan on attending a two or four year college, university, or accredited technical school in Washington State.  Students with a desire to live and work in central Washington upon completion of s college degree are encouraged to apply. Graduating high school seniors and students currently enrolled in college may apply.  Five (5) $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually.  For more information, please visit


        2017 Zirkle Fruit Scholarship Recipients

        The following students were selected for our 2017 ZFC Scholarships:                    

Amairani successfully made the transition from high school to college earning a 3.58 grade point average in her first term at Central Washington University. While impressive to the selection committee, Amairani shared she expects a 4.0 of herself for her remaining freshman terms. Amairani’s career goal is to become a dentist and open her own dental clinic. She is the daughter of Jaime and Griselda Martinez.  Her mother Griselda works seasonally for Zirkle Fruit.

Arnulfo is a graduate of Okanogan High School and is currently a freshman at the University of Washington. His plan is to become a civil engineer. In his first term at UW he achieved a 3.25 grade point average and challenged himself with chemistry, advanced geometry and engineering problem solving courses. Arnulfo is the son of Arnulfo Mercado & Leticia Perez.  His father Arnulfo is a forklift operator for Zirkle Fruit.

Eileen is a senior at A.C. Davis High School with a solid “A” grade point average and a transcript filled with challenging courses. Her parents are employed in the industry working in year-round labor positions. Eileen’s career goal is to work in the medical field providing care for those who need it.  Eileen is the daughter of Galdino & Aurora Morales.  Her mother Aurora works seasonally for Zirkle Fruit.

Elizabeth will enter her junior year at Washington State University. At that time, she will be a graduate of both Eisenhower High School and Yakima Valley Community College. Her ultimate goal is to be a nurse practitioner and inspire and encourage young children through her work.  Elizabeth is the daughter of Enrique & Celia Vaca.  Both her parents work at Zirkle Fruit--Enrique is a supervisor in the shipping department and Celia works seasonally for the company.

Heidy is a graduate of Kennewick High School and Columbia Basin Community College. With scholarship assistance she’ll begin the next phase of her education at Heritage University seeking a bachelor’s degree in education. Heidy shared she is the first in her family to embark on the higher education journey. She is the daughter of Manrique Leonardo Granados and Dinora Lopez.  Her mother Dinora works seasonally for Zirkle Fruit.

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