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New Oneonta Trading Corporation scholarship
for student-athletes honors Sandy Cooprider

A new scholarship funded by Oneonta Trading Corporation honors the dedication to higher education of Sandy Cooprider, a Wenatchee Valley College physical education professor.

The Oneonta Trading Corporation/Cooprider Scholarship is open to Hispanic college-bound or college-enrolled students who are participating in college sports at Washington state public colleges or universities and whose parents are involved in Washington's tree fruit industry. Preference will be given to students attending Wenatchee Valley College.

Four $3,000 scholarships will be awarded annually through the Washington Apple Education Foundation. The application deadline is July 20.

Oneonta Trading Corporation established the scholarship to assist Hispanic children to attend college. The scholarship also carries the name of Sandy Cooprider, who teaches physical education at WVC and formerly served as the college's athletic director. He is honored through this award for his dedication to ensuring students gain access to a college education.

As athletic director, Cooprider formed a strong relationship with Oneonta and the Thomas family, starting with the Thomas family's contribution for the Paul Thomas Racquetball Courts and continuing with the building of the Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium and the Oneonta Trading Corporation/Cooprider Scholarship.

"I feel honored and humbled for what Oneonta is doing for our Hispanic student athletes and for me with this scholarship," said Cooprider. "This generous commitment to our student athletes makes a positive difference not just in their lives, but in our community as a whole."

Applications for the scholarship may be obtained by the Washington Apple Education Foundation at 2900 Euclid Avenue, Wenatchee, or by calling 509.663.7713.



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