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October 14, 2016


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.

Mike Buckarma
Becket’s, Oshkosh
Read more on Mike Buckarma

College Educator
Katie Koel
Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville
Read more on Katie Koel

ProStart Teacher of the Year
High School Educator

Kayla Correll
Greendale High School
Read more on Kayla Correll

Glenda Woosley
Culver’s, Darboy & Little Chute
Read more on Glenda Woosley

Jones Dairy Farm
Fort Atkinson
Read more on Jones Dairy Farm

ProStart® Mentor of the Year
Chef Michael Althen
Elite Catering, Baraboo
Read more on Michael Althen

The Salute to Excellence awards will be presented at the 2016 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 23rd at the Heidel House in Green Lake.  More information on the event is available here.

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 $39,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 23 students for use during the 2016/2017 school year. WRA Education Foundation 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 Education Foundation 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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