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CWU Offers Tuition Waivers to KYVE Apple Bowl Contestants

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (February 15, 2013) — Central Washington University will award up to $66,000 in tuition waivers to contestants in this year’s KYVE Apple Bowl. This thirty-third season of the single-elimination, knowledge competition, which involves high school students from throughout central Washington, will again be produced by CWU in its Ellensburg television studios.

Apple Bowl participating coaches may nominate up to three high school seniors for the CWU tuition waivers, which would be awarded to students who are accepted and attend Central during the 2013-14 academic year.

“We decided to offer these scholarships because this scholastic competition brings top students from around the state to CWU,” said John Swiney, Central’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management. “We believe our science, engineering, and computer programs would be an excellent fit for many of these exceptional students.”

Nominated students who are members of any of the 18 teams competing in this year’s Apple Bowl are eligible to receive CWU tuition waivers. Members of the first place winning team would receive $3,000 waivers, while $2,000 waivers would be made available to eligible members of the second and third place squads. In addition, nominated students from all other participating teams are eligible to receive $1,000 tuition waivers.

“We’re thrilled with the addition of these CWU scholarship awards,” said Marlena Buchanan, KYVE’s interim general manager. “They are an excellent way to recognize these exceptional high school students. Additionally, thanks to the Washington Apple Education Foundation, teams are also eligible for cash prizes of $1,500 for first place and $500 for second place.”

Yakima’s West Valley High School could become only the second school in series history to win the Apple Bowl for three consecutive years. Ellensburg High School was victorious in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

This year’s Apple Bowl competition will begin airing in April on KYVE, channel 47, which has served Yakima and central Washington since being founded as a community-supported public television station in 1962.

Media contacts: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu                                                 Marlena Buchanan, KYVE interim general manager, 509-388-2548, mbuchanan@KYVE.org