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October 10, 2017


WRA Education Foundation Announces Salute to Excellence Awards and Student Scholarships

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

Chris Roderique
Piggy’s Restaurant, La Crosse
Read more on Chris Roderique

College Educator
RC Schroeder, Jr.
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton
Read more on RC Schroeder, Jr.

ProStart Teacher of the Year
High School Educator

Glee Brechler
James Madison Memorial High School
Read more on Glee Brechler

Trey Hester
Rocky Rococo Restaurants
Read more on Trey Hester

Gordon Food Service
Read more on Gordon Food Service

ProStart® Mentors of the Year
Brian Frakes
Pfister/Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Milwaukee
Read more on Brian Frakes

Tom Surwillo
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Read more on Tom Surwillo

The Salute to Excellence awards will be presented at the 2017 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 22nd at the Ostoff Resort in Elkhart 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 2017/2018 school year. WRA EF scholarships are made possible by generous contributions to the Foundation’s endowment fund.

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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