Superfresh Growers® is proud of their five scholarship recipients and will honor them with a virtual party later this summer. Superfresh Growers awards more than $25,000 of scholarships each year through Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF). The scholarships are available to employees and their children.
The Superfresh Growers Kershaw Companies Scholarships awards $5,000 per year, renewable for up to four years of undergraduate studies. The scholarship is available each year to one additional student. This year we applauded Nick Jacoby as the 2020 recipient. In addition to Nick, three other students are actively receiving scholarships: Joselin Marin, Adilene Badillo Hernandez, and Imelda Andrade Anguiano. In addition, Carli Short achieved renewal of the Brian Kershaw Memorial Scholarship this year.
“This has been a year like none other. The ray of hope and promise for the future these scholarships create means much more than financial support. You are communicating your belief in the potential of these young men and women and your expectation of good things to come,” shares Jennifer Witherbee, Executive Director of WAEF.
“All of our scholarship recipients do amazing things every day and we are so proud of them. I am filled with hope for our future by hearing their stories and getting to know them,” shares Kristin Kershaw, Director of Corporate Affairs. We asked our scholarship recipients to share highlights from their past year in college. Here are a few of them.
Nick Jacoby is the son of Katie and Jon Jacoby in DSG Logistics®. He will be a freshman at Grand Canyon University and graduated from LaSalle High School summa cum laude. He earned a 3.7 cumulative grade point average. Nick would like to major in agriculture and live in the Yakima Valley. He participated in LaSalle’s track & field team and was a middle linebacker on the football team. He volunteers at the Living Care Retirement Community and is a member of National Honor Society.
Right: Nick Jacoby and dad Jon Jacoby.
Joselin Marin will receive her second year of the Kershaw Companies scholarship. She attends the University of Washington (UW) and had an amazing high school to college transition earning at 3.97 grade point average in her first term. She is the daughter of Superfresh Growers employee Araceli Badillo Islas.
Right: Joselin Marin in Olympia, WA.
Adilene Badillo Hernandez has been working for Superfresh Growers as an Export Sales Assistant for the last three years, while also attending college. She is a first generation college attendee, and plans to be a first generation college graduate! She attended Yakima Valley College for the first two years, and will continue at Central Washington University. Her work with the export team at Superfresh Growers has inspired her to pursue a degree in International Business.
Right: Adilene Badillo Hernandez.
Imelda Andrade Anguiano is finishing her last year at the University of Washington. She is majoring in sociology with a minor in Spanish. She will continue her education by pursing a master’s degree in social work. Imelda's mom, and Superfresh employee Marisol Anguiano Diaz, is the sole financial support for her family.
Right: Imelda Andrade Anguiano with her mother.
Carli Short achieved renewal of the Brian Kershaw Memorial Scholarship. She attends George Fox University seeking a marketing degree with a minor in psychology. Carli had a very strong transition to college earning a 3.94 grade point average in her first term. She is the daughter of Lakeishia and Jay Short of Superfresh Growers.
Right: Carli Short and Jay Short.
Superfresh Growers is proud of each of these students and all students receiving WAEF scholarships. This year 310 students are receiving WAEF scholarships, with 73 graduating this year. Of those, 34 have already secured their first career position, and eight have been accepted into graduate school.