Education Foundation


As the non-profit arm of WRA, the Education Foundation advances professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

That vision serves as our compass as we plan for and deliver programs that meet the needs of a robust and vibrant industry. We're proud of the work we do to promote foodservice careers and attract tomorrow's top talent. Whether it's helping students find their passion for hospitality or training those already employed, we strive to deliver programs that make our industry stronger and better.

We hope you'll join us by investing in our industry's future!


To learn more about the Education Foundation, contact:

Connie Fedor | Executive Director, WRA Education Foundation


  • $875,000+ in scholarships awarded since 1983
  • $40,000+ in scholarships awarded annually
  • 100+ Wisconsin high schools utilizing the ProStart curriculum
  • 6,300 students inspired by the ProStart program annually
  • 2 Wisconsin ProStart educators have received national awards for excellence in education
  • 3 Wisconsin teams are National ProStart Invitational Champions
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Wisconsin ProStart®


The popular ProStart program is a nationwide, industry-created curriculum designed to train and introduce high school students to careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
ProStart Invitational


Are you pursuing a food-related degree and need funds for your education? The WRA Education Foundation awards over $40,000 in scholarships annually based on future plans in foodservice, academic records and recommendations, courtesy of the Endowment Fund. Review past winners, or apply today!
College Competition

Student Competitions

College and high school students compete in culinary and management competitions at the Midwest Foodservice Expo each March, creating meals or business plans to be reviewed by a panel of judges. Winners can earn cash prizes, scholarships and the chance to compete on a national level.
Register To Compete
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ServSafe® Training

The safety and integrity of the industry are in your hands. Get training and certified in food safety, alcohol service, allergens and more with ServSafe. Created by the National Restaurant Association by foodservice experts, ensure you meet the legal state requirements and sign up for your training today!
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ProStart Mentor

Give Back

Involvement in WRA Education Foundation enables you to connect with foodservice professionals, support a meaningful cause and have an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of young people in Wisconsin. Invest in the future of foodservice and donate your time, funds, or skills!
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Awards Gala

March 12, 2019

Join WRA for a charitable gala and elegant dinner to honor foodservice leaders and celebrate our industry’s accomplishments as we honor outstanding restaurateurs from across Wisconsin and reveal the prestigious Restaurateur of the Year.


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Celebration of Excellence

October 21, 2018

Join the WRA Education Foundation in honoring vibrant young talent and distinguished
professionals dedicated to education at the Celebration of Excellence 2018.


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ProStart® Golf Classic

June 12, 2018

Spend an all-inclusive day of golf at Kohler, Wisconsin’s most prestigious course and support the WRA Education Foundation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Want to apply for a WRA Education Foundation scholarship?

Learn more about how to apply for a WRA Education Foundation scholarship here

Want to register for an event or competition?

Check out our full listing of events here, and then click on the event you’re interested in to register online.

Want to make a donation to support the future leaders of foodservice?

We appreciate your support of our future leaders! Donations can be made by clicking here