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October 7, 2015


WRA Education Foundation Announces Salute to Excellence Awards and Student Scholarships

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) Education Foundation is pleased to announce the following Salute to Excellence winners for their dedication to foodservice education and commitment to moving the industry forward.  They have worked in a variety of roles, in different parts of the state, but they share an enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the restaurant industry.

Chef David Ross
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan
Read more on David Ross

College Educator
Vicki Mendham
Nicolet College, Rhinelander
Read more on Vicki Mendham

High School Educator
Laura Cronan
Nekoosa High School, Nekoosa
Read more on Laura Cronan

High School Educator
Sally Heuer
West Bend High School, West Bend
Read more on Sally Heuer

Michael Tsuchihashi
Atlas BBQ, Grafton
Read more on Micahel Tsuchihashi

Woolsey and Associates, Waukesha
Read more on Woolsey and Associates

ProStart® Mentor of the Year
Don Thompson
Red Mill Supper Club, Steven’s Point
Read more on Don Thompson

The Salute to Excellence awards are presented at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 25 at Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Downtown Milwaukee.  More information on the event is available at www.wirestaurant.org.

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation is also pleased to award scholarships to students pursuing a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

These talented students who are passionate about preparing great food and providing warm hospitality are proof that the restaurant industry has a bright future ahead. See a list of the best and brightest in the Wisconsin foodservice industry receiving scholarships this year.

Over $38,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 22 students for use during the 2015/2016 school year. WRA EF scholarships are made possible by generous contributions to the Foundation’s endowment fund. Additional funding is provided by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

An individual, company or organization can establish a permanent scholarship in their name or that of a special person through the WRA Education Foundation Endowment Fund program.

The WRA EF awards scholarships based upon future plans in the restaurant and hospitality industry, academic records, essays and recommendations from employers and instructors.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

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