The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today it achieved several major milestones in 2012, including awarding $3 million in scholarships and ProStart program support to help develop the future of America's restaurant industry.

According to the NRA, total restaurant and foodservice employment is projected to grow by 11 percent throughout the next 10 years and the NRAEF is committed to ensuring it supports the development of a highly trained and professional talent pool to enhance that growth.

"The foundation and our many supporters are proud to inspire a new generation of talent through scholarships and educational programs such as ProStart, which provides real-life opportunities for more than 90,000 high school students around the country," said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of philanthropic initiatives for the NRA Educational Foundation. "The restaurant industry is poised for significant growth and our focus is to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce and illustrate the range of opportunities this industry can provide."

This year, the NRAEF and its academic partners awarded $1.4 million in scholarships to top management and culinary students at its National ProStart Invitational, a national competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. Additionally, $750,000 was awarded to state restaurant associations to support their ProStart programs, which serve 90,000 students nationwide each year.

The foundation also distributed $1.1 million to fund 645 scholarships to students and educators to further their industry education.

"Our heartfelt thanks goes out to our donors for their support this year. Their generosity allowed us to take the NRAEF to new heights," Gifford added. "Through their continued support, we can continue to build a pipeline of talent, while celebrating the diverse opportunities created by the restaurant industry in 2013 and beyond."

Read more about training.

Related Content

User Comments – Give us your opinion!
Products & Services

Interactive Kiosks

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/4758.png

4758/Interactive-Kiosks

Social Security Number (SSN) Verification

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/SSN_employmentsearch.gif

1426/Social-Security-Number-SSN-Verification

Free Menu Board Media Player Promotion

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6675.png

6675/Free-Menu-Board-Media-Player-Promotion

Scala Advanced Analytics

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6169.png

6169/Scala-Advanced-Analytics

Rotisseries

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6283.png

6283/Rotisseries

Macromatix

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6545.png

6545/Macromatix

Cleaning Supplies & MSDS

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6289.png

6289/Cleaning-Supplies-MSDS

Nationwide Criminal Records

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/Criminal_Search_iix.gif

1427/Nationwide-Criminal-Records

Philips Webinars

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/5839.png

5839/Philips-Webinars

SmartCombiâ„¢

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6285.png

6285/SmartCombi

CONNECT 2014 Mobile Innovation Summit
Request Information From Suppliers
Save time looking for suppliers. Complete this form to submit a Request for Information to our entire network of partners.