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Wenatchee (pron.: /w??næt?i?/ US dict: w?·n?t?·ch?) is located in North Central Washington and is the largest city and county seat of Chelan County, Washington, United States. The population within the city limits in 2010 was 31,925. The population was 32,400 at 2012 Estimate from Office of Financial Management. Located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers near the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range, Wenatchee lies on the western side of the Columbia River, across from the city of East Wenatchee. The Columbia River forms the boundary between Chelan and Douglas County. Wenatchee is the principal city of the "Wenatchee–East Wenatchee, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area", which encompasses all of Chelan and Douglas counties (total population around 110,884). However, the 'Wenatchee Valley Area' generally refers to the land between Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dam on both banks of the Columbia, which includes East Wenatchee, Rock Island, and Malaga.

The city was named for the nearby Wenatchi Indian tribe. The name is a Sahaptin word that means "river which comes [or whose source is] from canyons" or "robe of the rainbow". Awenatchela means "people at the source [of a river]". The city of Wenatchee shares its name with the Wenatchee River, Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee National Forest.

Wenatchee is known as the "Apple Capital of the World" due to the valley's many orchards. The city is also sometimes referred to as the "Buckle of the Power Belt of the Great Northwest". The "Power Belt of the Great Northwest" is a metaphor for the series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. Rock Island Dam is located nearest to the middle of this "belt", and so was labeled the "Buckle". This saying is printed at the top of every issue of Wenatchee's newspaper, the Wenatchee World, and is no longer in common use elsewhere.

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Schools in and around Wenatchee, WA

Name
Academy of Hair Design
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit
Wenatchee Valley College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $3,546 average out-state tuition; $3,151 average in-state tuition
Central Washington University
Four or more years; Public; $17,721 average out-state tuition; $7,050 average in-state tuition
Big Bend Community College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $4,005 average out-state tuition; $3,585 average in-state tuition
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $0 average out-state tuition; $0 average in-state tuition
Yakima Beauty School Beautyworks
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit
Professional Beauty School
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit

Wenatchee, WA Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
NATAS Northwest Scholarship $2,500 February 15, 2017
Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship $2,500 April 01, 2017
Solarity Credit Union Scholarship $2,400 February 24, 2017
Valera Lea Stevens Memorial Scholarship Varies February 17, 2017
Calbick Family Education Scholarship Varies February 17, 2017
Big Bend Community College Foundation Returning Student Scholarship Varies February 17, 2017
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies January 31, 2017